Coronavirus: 11 more Covid-19 deaths, Galway cases rise again

Covid-19 update Additional Covid-19 case confirmed in Tipperary

Nisra said its latest report also showed the third consecutive weekly fall in the overall number of registered Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland.

These figures are based on mainly hospital patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas Nisra figures relate to information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.

Nisra figures record all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has risen to 504 after three more deaths were reported by the Department of Health. Of these, 27 occurred in hospital, 32 in care homes, one in a hospice and one at a residential address.

Care home deaths peaked in the week up to May 1, with 72 fatalities.

People aged over 75 accounted for nearly 80% of all Covid-19 fatalities.

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109 deaths have been recorded in Munster, and figures on the mortality rate by region suggest 57 of those came in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

The disparity between the two sets of figures has caused confusion, but the department said there was always a time lag for registering deaths in the community - which can take five days - so Nisra's report could not feasibly be linked to the daily figures.

The figures will be skewed somewhat by areas which include locations with clusters of the virus, such as nursing homes, hospitals and meat plants, where they are affected.

It reveals that up to May 17, there had been 4,469 laboratory-confirmed cases.

The 115 new cases that were confirmed brings the total number of cases in the Republic to 24,506.

472 deaths reported by the Department of Health for the same period, making it possible the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the North being nearly 30% higher than the official figures indicate. Prevalence of the virus remains low in the community.

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