Coronavirus: Weekly NI care home deaths fall again

Covid-19 update Additional Covid-19 case confirmed in Tipperary

The data covers up to last Friday, when there were 1,518 deaths due to COVID-19 in Ireland.

Nisra publishes weekly statistics which total all deaths where coronavirus has been recorded on the death certificate.

There have now been a total 1,592 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 24,506 confirmed cases.

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).

In the week to 15 May, the number of people who died in care homes, 32, was higher than the number of deaths in hospital settings, 27.

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

The Department of Health in the North announces deaths in hospitals and records only cases confirmed by Covid-19.

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.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Today NPHET recommended that the HSE build on the very significant work to date in expanding the testing capacity, to ensure that there is an integrated and coordinated clinical and public health-informed approach to the establishment and implementation of a national testing strategy".

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.

The latest figures from Nisra also include a breakdown of all Covid-19 related deaths by council area.

The total number of all deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 15 May was 396; rising from 336 in the previous week - and higher than what would be expected at this time of year.

The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.



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