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More than 40% of coronavirus deaths in NI care homes, figures show

Of the remainder recorded by NISRA to July 3, 52.1% occurred in hospitals, 5.8% at residential addresses and 1% at hospices.

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More than 40% of deaths with coronavirus in Northern Ireland are in care homes, according to official figures (Ben Birchall/PA)

More than 40% of deaths with coronavirus in Northern Ireland are in care homes, according to official figures (Ben Birchall/PA)

More than 40% of deaths with coronavirus in Northern Ireland are in care homes, according to official figures (Ben Birchall/PA)

More than 40% of deaths with coronavirus are occurring in Northern Ireland’s care homes, according to the latest weekly bulletin.

Figures compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) indicate there were 10 deaths involving Covid-19 in the week from June 27 to July 3, bringing the total in the region to that date to 839.

Of this total, 437 deaths (52.1%) took place in hospital, 345 (41.1%) in care homes, 49 (5.8%) at residential addresses or other locations and eight (1.0%) in hospices.

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A nurse disinfects work surfaces at the Mater Hospital Covid-19 recovery ward in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)

A nurse disinfects work surfaces at the Mater Hospital Covid-19 recovery ward in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)

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A nurse disinfects work surfaces at the Mater Hospital Covid-19 recovery ward in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)

The deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 80 separate establishments.

Comparatively the total number of deaths reported by the Department of Health to July 3 was 554.

The department figures report deaths of patients who had tested positive for the virus whereas the NISRA figures are based on information entered on death certificates.

Those aged 75 and over accounted for 80% of Covid‑19 related deaths registered up to July 3.

Meanwhile, a survey carried out by NISRA found that three quarters of people said they were very worried or somewhat worried about the effect the pandemic was having on their lives.

Just under a third of people (31%) thought it would be more than a year before life returns to normal while a further 6% said they thought that life would never return to normal.

And a third of people (34%) expected the financial position of their household to get worse in the next 12 months.

An overwhelming majority of those surveyed (94%) supported the lockdown measures put in place by the Government.

The survey involved 925 interviews with members of the public carried out between April 21 and June 22.

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