New Covid-19 statistics dashboard launched for NI

A new dashboard for daily statistics relating to the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland has been launched, aimed at providing “a more comprehensive picture” of the impact.

The Department of Health says the dashboard complements information already in the public domain and provides a range of key statistics.

They include Covid-19 patient admissions and discharges, outbreaks in care settings, bed occupancy, ICU occupancy, and gender and age breakdowns.

The statistics are presented at a range of geographical levels, including Local Government District and at Trust and hospital site.

The Department of Health says the statistics on deaths refer to individuals reported as having had a positive result for Covid-19 within 28 days of the death, whether or not it was the cause of death.

It adds that they focus mainly, but not exclusively, on hospital-based deaths.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “It is vitally important to keep the public well informed.

“That includes the publication of statistics, as well as the all-important advice on how we keep ourselves and are loved ones safe.

“My Department has also introduced and updated the Covid-19 NI app in recent weeks and further digital initiatives are planned.”

The site, having been launched on Sunday, currently shows that 53 care settings have now been affected by the outbreak.

It further shows that of the 119 ICU beds, 41 are currently available and that 2, 307 Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 patients have been discharged.

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