By Q Radio News.
New figures show 854 COVID_19 related deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland up until the 24th July.
According to the Statistics and Research Agency, 448 took place in hospital while 357 occured in care homes and hospices, involving 81 separate establishments.
The others happened at private properties.
The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 24th July was 556.
These figures are 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.
They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
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It says there have been 854 COVID-19 related fatalities whereas @healthdpt recorded 556 deaths.
This is due to differences in how fatalities are recorded.
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Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 429 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 24th July 2020, 81.4% occurred in a care home, with the remaining 80 occurring in hospital.
On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 50.2% of all COVID-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.
Separate analyses 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 24th July 2020 (week 29) was 307, 67 more than in week 28 and 42 more than the 5-year average of 265.
Over the last 17 weeks in total, 1,040 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to date to 24th July totalling 781.
COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate for seven (2.3%) of the 307 deaths registered in week 29. This is five more than last week (week 28) and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 853.
Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (65.4%) of all deaths and 80.1% of COVID‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 24th July.
For COVID-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 245 (28.7%) of the 853 deaths registered in the calendar year to 24th July.