Wednesday’s update: One new case of Covid-19 reported in Mid & East Antrim

ONE new case of Covid-19 was reported in Mid & East Antrim.

It was one of nine new cases across Northern Ireland.

The other cases were in Causeway Coast & Glens (5) and Ards & North Down (1); Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (1) and Newry, Mourne & Down (1).

There have been 395 cases in Mid & East Antrim out of 8,293 people tested in the area since the pandemic started.

There have been 457 cases in Antrim & Newtownabbey and 281 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

The total number of positive cases in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is 5,799.

The number of people who have died across Northern Ireland since the pandemic began, according to the Department of Health, is 556.

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

The Health Department says there have been 59 deaths in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 39 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 55 Covid-related deaths in Mid & East Antrim since the outbreak began; 87 in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 72 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 10 deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week, from 27th June to 3rd July, bringing the total of COVID-19 related deaths to 839.

Of this total, 437 (52.1%) took place in hospital, 345 (41.1%) in care homes, eight (1.0%) in hospices and 49 (5.8%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 353 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 80 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 3rd July was 554. 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 423 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 3rd July 2020, 81.6% (345) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 78 occurring in hospital. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 50.4% of all COVID-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.

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 3rd July 2020 (week 26) was 289, six less than in week 25 and one more than the 5-year average of 288. Over the last 14 weeks in total, 1,001 ‘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 3rd July totalling 742.

COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate for 11 (3.8%) of the 289 deaths registered in week 26. This is one fewer than last week (week 25) and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 835.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (65.9%) of all deaths and 80.0% of COVID‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 3rd July.

For COVID-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 242 (29.0%) of the 835 deaths registered in the calendar year to 3rd July.


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