THERE has been a further fall in the number of Covid-19-related deaths registered in the North of Ireland.
The government statistics agency, Nisra, said in the week up to Friday, October 8, the virus was mentioned on the death certificates of 28 people – 20 fewer than the previous week.
It brings the total number of deaths registered by the agency to 3,501.
The Department of Health’s total for the same date, based on a positive test result being recorded, is 2,585.
Nisra has now recorded 234 deaths in the Derry City and Strabane District Council – two more than the previous week.
For the same period, the Department of Health had recorded 169 deaths.
Nisra’s figures are higher, because it records mentions of the virus on death certificates, where it may or may not have been confirmed by way of a test.
On the agency’s measure, just over two-thirds (68%) of Covid-19-related deaths have occurred in hospital (2,389).
There have been 1,106 deaths of care home residents, which account for fewer than a third (31.5%) of all Covid-19-related deaths.
People aged 75 and over account for about three-quarters of all Covid-19-related registered deaths (74.6%) between 19 March 2020 and 8 October 2021.
The provisional number of deaths from all causes registered in the week ending Friday, October 8, was 330.
That is 50 fewer than the previous week, and 16 more than the five-year average for the time of year of 314.