Further drop in number of Coronavirus deaths in NI care homes

Grant Boone
May 23, 2020

There have been a further three Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, according to figures released by the the Department of Health (DoH) this afternoon (Friday).

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (66.9%) of all deaths and 79.3% of COVID-19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 15th May.

There are now 615 people hospitalised with coronavirus and 72 care home outbreaks, recorded on the department's dashboard breakdown.

Care home deaths peaked in the week up to May 1, with 72 fatalities.

A total of 38 people died in care homes the previous week.

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.

Thirty-three deaths happened at residential addresses or another location.

An additional 76 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Thursday bringing the total number of cases in Ireland to 24,391.

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What is Northern Ireland's overall picture in terms of confirmed deaths?

The latest figures show that 664 deaths had occurred by 15 May.

Dr. Glynn also confirmed that there have now been 865 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed among meat plant staff - an increase of 37 on the same figure last week - while the number of Covid-19 "clusters" at meat plants remains at 16.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; "Most indicators continue to improve, with ICU and hospital admissions, number of cases per day and number of deaths per day continuing to decline".

The total death toll is ultimately set to be higher.

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

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Northern Ireland's care homes has fallen for the second week running.

This measure captures all deaths caused by the coronavirus: the infections that were confirmed and feature in the daily figures; as well as the suspected cases that were mentioned on the death certificate.

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