Figures released today by the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency sadly show that the Derry council area has recorded 47 Covid-related deaths up to the week ending October 30.
That is an increase of seven from the previous week.
The most up-to-date figures from the North's Department of Health show 51 Covid deaths.
To compare like for like, up until October 30 the Department reports showed 46 Covid related deaths in Derry and Strabane.
The daily updates provided by the Department count the number of deaths reported by Trusts, where the deceased had a positive test for Covid-19 and died within 28 days, whether or not Covid-19 was the cause of death.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) weekly, provisional death statistics, which are based on death registration information collected by the General Register Office, count all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate by the doctor who certified the death, whether or not Covid-19 was the primary underlying cause of death.
The figures include cases where the doctor noted that there was suspected or probable coronavirus infection involved in the death.
As a result the weekly totals will usually be higher than the relevant daily figures - because the Department daily updates only include those who have tested positive for the virus.
Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 66 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the last week, from October 24-30.
The total Covid-19 related deaths figure has now surpassed 1,000, reaching 1,053. Of this total, 605 (57.5%) deaths took place in hospital, 375 (35.6%) in care homes, nine (0.9%) in hospices and 64 (6.1%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 384 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 90 separate establishments.
The week ending 30th October saw the largest weekly number of Covid-19 related, hospital deaths (53) since mid-April; while the 10 Covid‑19 related deaths occurring in a care home in the same week compares to totals last seen at the end of May.
The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the North's Department of Health to 30th October was 706. These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals. They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 469 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 in the year to date to 30th October 2020, 80.0% (375) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 94 occurring in hospital. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 44.5% of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.
Separate analyses based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths from all causes registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 30th October 2020 (week 43) was 368, 23 less than in week 42 and 84 more than the five-year average of 284. Over the last 31 weeks in total, 1,478 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to date to 30th October totalling 1,219.
Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 51 (13.9%) of the 368 deaths registered in week 43. This is the fourth consecutive weekly increase in Covid-19 related deaths and is similar to numbers last reported in the second half of May 2020. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year up to 30th October has reached 1,023.
Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (64.8%) of all deaths and 78.0% of Covid‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 30th October.
For Covid-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 277 (27.1%) of the 1,023 deaths registered in the calendar year to 30th October.