Tuesday’s update: Three new Covid cases in Northern Ireland in last day

THERE have been three new Covid cases reported in Northern Ireland in the last day.

The number of people who have died in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic is 551 according to Department of Health statistics.

No deaths were recorded in the last day.

A new breakdown of statistics is now given showing tests performed in HSC Trust labs and National Initiative Laboratory tests.

The total number of positive cases in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is 5,760.

In the last 24 hours the three new cases were detected across Northern Ireland out of 543 people tested.

There have been 389 cases of coronavirus reported in Mid & East Antrim out of 7,576 people tested since the pandemic began; 459 in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 276 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

The three new cases were in Ards & North Down; Belfast; and Newry, Mourne & Down.

The number of people who have died in Mid & East Antrim since the pandemic started is 43 according to Department of Health statistics.

The Health Department says there have been 58 deaths in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 38 in Causeway Coast and Glens.

Two sets of statistics are produced – the Department of Health gives out daily updates – while NISRA (Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency) releases one report each week – on Fridays.

Friday’s NISRA figures show there have been 54 Covid-related deaths in Mid & East Antrim since the outbreak began; 83 in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 71 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) recorded 816 deaths in total. 12 deaths were registered in the week ending 19 June, it said.

The Health Department’s daily numbers mostly reflect hospital deaths and where patients had tested positive for the virus, whereas NISRA’s weekly figures cover all fatalities in which coronavirus has been recorded on the death certificate.

Of the 816 total, NISRA say 420 (51.5%) took place in hospital, 340 (41.7%) in care homes, eight (1.0%) in hospices and 48 (5.9%) at residential addresses or other locations.

The 348 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 78 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 19th June was 545.

These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals. They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.

Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 414 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 19th June 2020, 82.1% (340) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 74 occurring in hospital.

On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 50.7% of all COVID-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease, NISRA says.

Separate analyses based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths from all causes registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 19th June 2020 (week 24) was 290, two fewer than in week 23 and four more than the 5-year average of 286.

Over the last twelve weeks in total, 975 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to date to 19th June totalling 716.

COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate for 17 (5.9%) of the 290 deaths registered in week 24. This is four fewer than last week (week 23) and brings the total number of COVID19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 812, NISRA says.

People aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (66.3%) of all deaths and 79.9% of COVID-19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 19th June.

For COVID-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 238 (29.3%) of the 812 deaths registered in the calendar year to 19th June.

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