Almost 200 more NI coronavirus deaths than previously reported

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

There has been a further drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths at care homes in Northern Ireland. Of these, 27 occurred in hospital, 32 in care homes, one in a hospice and one at a residential address. 472 deaths reported by the Department of Health for the same period, making it possible the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the North being nearly 30% higher than the official figures indicate.

Separate analyses based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 15th May 2020 (week 19) was 396, 60 more than in week 18 (which was impacted by the early May Bank Holiday) and 101 more than the 5-year average of 295.

The figures will be skewed somewhat by areas which include locations with clusters of the virus, such as nursing homes, hospitals and meat plants, where they are affected.

In the week up to 15 May, there were both a total of 322 male and 330 female coronavirus related deaths.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We have experienced 6 consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland".

The latest figures from Nisra recorded similar numbers of men and women with Covid-19-related deaths while the 75 years and over age group account for 79.3% of those deaths.

The report also revealed that 71 samples from patients who had been infected with flu and swabbed between December and March all returned negative results for Covid-19.

But of According to the latest information released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) today, the number of deaths in the north is well above 504.

Health Minister Robin Swann said he hopes the monthly report will "ensure that there is the maximum possible transparency" around coronavirus.

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