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Northern Ireland death rate pushed up 17% by coronavirus pandemic, figures reveal

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The death rate in Northern Ireland rose by almost a fifth during the coronavirus pandemic between March and June, new figures have shown.

The latest research published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) revealed there were 885 excess deaths in the region between March 1 and June 30 - an average of 17.4% higher than what would be expected from five-year annual trends.

Most excess deaths (78.4%) and Covid-19 related deaths (79.8%) involved those aged 75 years and over. In this age group, excess deaths were 21.3% above expected levels, compared to 17.4% for all ages.