One further coronavirus-related death recorded in NI

NI is slowly easing out of lockdown with restrictions being gradually lifted. Credit: PA

One more person who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has died in the last 24-hour reporting period, according to the Department of Health.

It brings the official death toll as recorded by the department to 2,141, although that figure is expected to increase significantly when deaths in all community settings have been accounted for.

The Northern Ireland Statistic’s and Research Agency, which records data differently, puts the death toll by 16 April at 2,947.

The Department of Health's death toll on the same date was 2,134.

Nisra’s weekly data, which is reported with a lag of a week, provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19 than the Department of Health.

It obtains its data from death certificates on which Covid-19 is recorded as a factor by a medical professional, regardless of where the death took place, whether the patient tested positive, or whether Covid was a factor or the primary cause of death.

Department of Health data relates primarily to hospital settings and only to patients who have previously tested positive.

In the week that ended 16 April, Nisra recorded 10 coronavirus-related deaths – down from 14 the previous week.

Of the 2,947 Covid-19 related deaths reported by Nisra, 66% took place in hospital, 26.2% in care homes, 0.5% in hospices and 7.3% at residential addresses or other locations.

According to the agency, care home residents make up 34.2% of all Covid-19 related deaths.

The latest daily Department of Health figures also show there have been 88 new positive cases in the last 24-hour reporting period, out of 2,291 individuals tested.

In the last seven days, there have been 736 positive cases.

There are currently 64 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals across Northern Ireland – seven of them in intensive care and three on ventilators.

There are also four confirmed and active outbreaks of Covid-19 in care homes.