The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has today published statistics covering the Registrar General Quarter 3 deaths registered, classified by cause, gender and age group.
Registrar General Quarter 3 deaths registered
The Registrar General statistics, which cover 1st July to 30th September, show there were a total of 3,815 deaths registered over the period. Covid-19 was the underlying cause of 53 of these deaths. This equates to 1.4 percent of the total deaths in the quarter and brings the total number of deaths in the calendar year 2020, where Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death, to 808.
In comparison, NISRA’s weekly death statistics, which count the number of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, reported that in the calendar year to 30th September 2020, 902 deaths involved Covid-19. This means that Covid-19 was the underlying, primary cause of death in 89.6 percent of all deaths which mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.
The provisional number of deaths in the quarter which were due to cancer totalled 1,188, and accounted for 31.1 percent of the total deaths in the period, compared to an average of 28.3 percent over the previous 5 years. The provisional total number of deaths due to cancer in 2020 year to date is 3,490, 3.2 per cent higher than for the same period last year.
The provisional number of deaths from ischaemic heart disease and respiratory conditions (excluding Covid-19) in Quarter 3 2020 totalled 397 (10.4 percent of all deaths) and 315 (8.3 per cent) respectively. On average over the last five years 10.5% of annual deaths have been due to ischaemic heart disease and 13.4% due to respiratory conditions.
The number of deaths due to suicide (including deaths as a result of intentional self-harm and events of undetermined intent) totalled 60 (1.6 per cent of all deaths in the quarter) bringing the total for the calendar year 2020 to 162. This compares with 155 deaths due to suicide for the same period of 2019.
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