Derry has second lowest share of all COVID related deaths at 190 since last March

There were 190 COVID-19 related deaths in Derry/Strabane from the start of the pandemic to March 5.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:07 am

This accounted for 6.7 per cent of the 2,839 COVID-19 deaths that were reported across the north from March 19, 2020, to March 5. The COVID-19 death rate is lower than the Derry and Strabane district’s population share of eight per cent.

The only area with a lower share of coronavirus registered deaths is Fermanagh and Omagh (3.5 per cent).

The NISRA data show Derry/Strabane recorded a lower proportion of deaths overall during the COVID-19 pandemic (1,293; 7.3% of 17,650 deaths in the north) than its population share.

190 deaths in Derry/Strabane.

Fermanagh and Omagh (1,052; 6%) and Mid Ulster (1,134; 6.4%) were the only districts with lower shares of all deaths.

The NISRA analysis shows that there was a relatively small -0.6 per cent difference between the share of COVID-19 related deaths and all deaths in Derry and Strabane.

Three more people died in Derry and Strabane after testing positive with coronavirus in the week to Friday, March 5.

This amounted to 16 per cent of the 19 deaths that occurred in the local area that week. Two of the four COVID-19 related deaths occurred in a local care home.

Across the north as a whole the provisional number of total deaths registered in the North in the week ending March 5, 2021 (week 9) was 319, 32 less than the previous week (351) and 19 less than the 5 year average (338).

Thirty-three deaths mentioning COVID-19 on the death certificate were registered in week 9 of 2021, accounting for 10.3% of all deaths in that week and bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered from the start of the pandemic to 2,839 by March 5, 2021.

From the start of the pandemic (from the first COVID-19 related death being registered on March 19, 2020 to March 5, 2021, males and females accounted for similar proportions of all deaths registered (males: 49.9%, females: 50.1%) and COVID-19 related deaths registered (males: 50.9%; female 49.1%).

From March 19, 2020 (the start of the pandemic) to March 5, 2021, the 75 years and over age-group accounted for almost two-thirds (65.7%)of all deaths and over three-quarters (76.8%) of COVID-19 related deaths.

Over the period of the pandemic, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have had higher proportions of COVID-19 related deaths (12.2% and 8.1% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.4% respectively).