Covid Hasn’t Gone Away You Know

Covid Hasn't Gone Away You Know

The NISRA statistics for Covid-19 related deaths: week ending 4 February 2022

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)has provided the latest figures published figures today to show that 29 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 5 ending 4 February 2022.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 4 February 2022 has now reached 4,214.

Of these, 2,945 (69.9%%) took place in hospital, 899 (21.3%) in care homes and 370 (8.8%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 4 February 2022 was 3,125.

The DoH count is 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.

Covid-19 and its variants has caused a registered 4214 deaths in Northern Ireland to date.

They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus and therefore include both confirmed and suspected cases, and where Covid-19 was either a contributor to or the main cause of death.

Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents by place of death, shows that there was a total of 1,183 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place somewhere other than the care home) occurring between 18 March 2020 and 4 February 2022. This accounts for 28.1% of all Covid-19 related deaths. However, no assumptions can be made in relation to where the deceased contracted the disease.

Separate analysis, 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 4 February 2022 (week 5, 2022) was 363, 27 more than in week 4 of 2022 and 4 less than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 367.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 30 (8.3%) of the 363 deaths registered in week 5, down 8 from the previous week (38). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,196 up to 4 February 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.3% of the 4,196 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 4 February 2022.

Over the period of the pandemic, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have had higher proportions of Covid-19 related deaths (12.3% and 8.2% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.7% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (2.1 and 2.0 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

Notes to editors:

  1. Statistics on weekly deaths registered in Northern Ireland can be found at: weekly death registration in Northern Ireland.