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Coronavirus: Care home residents account for more than half of NI deaths


May. 29, 2020

People residing in care homes have accounted for more than half of Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland, official figures show.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) has published its latest statistical bulletin.
It shows that by last Friday, 380 (53.1%) of the 716 deaths it recorded in total had been care home residents.
Of those deaths, just over 83% (318) occurred in a care home with the remaining 62 taking place in hospital.
The numbers also show that deaths involving Covid-19 have fallen for the fourth week in a row.
Nisra records all fatalities where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.
NI's Department of Health, which releases daily figures where deaths were confirmed by a test, had recorded 504 deaths by the same date.
Its report says of the 716 deaths it recorded by last Friday - 353 (49.3%), occurred in care homes; 318 (44.4%) occurred in hospital and eight (1.1%) occurred in hospices.
Thirty-seven (5.2%) took place at residential addresses or another location.
The deaths in care homes and hospices involved 76 separate establishments, Nisra reported.
People aged over 75 accounted for almost 80% of all Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland.
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