Weekly Deaths Bulletin – week ending 23 April 2021

Date published: 30 April 2021

The bulletin containing data on deaths registered for the week ending 23 April 2021 was released at 9.30am today.

Key Points  

Date of Registration

  • The provisional number of total deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 23 April 2021 (week 16) was 305, 16 more than the previous week (289) but seven less than the 2016-2020 5 year average (312).
  • Seven deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate were registered in week 16 of 2021, accounting for 2.3% of all deaths in that week and bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered from the start of the pandemic to 2,949 by 23 April 2021.
  • From the start of the pandemic (from the first Covid-19 related death being registered on 19 March 2020) to 23 April 2021, males and females accounted for equal proportions of all deaths registered (males: 50.0%, females: 50.0%) and similar proportion of Covid-19 related deaths registered (males: 51.3%; female 48.7%).
  • Over the year to 23rd April 2021, the 75 years and over age-group accounted for almost two-thirds (65.4%) of all deaths and over three-quarters (76.1%) of Covid-19 related deaths.
  • Over the period of the pandemic, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have had higher proportions of Covid-19 related deaths (12.1% and 8.3% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.5% respectively).


Covid-19 deaths based on date of death

  • 2,953 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate have occurred in total from 18 March 2020 to 23 April 2021 (including those registered up to and including 28 April). The comparative number of deaths reported by the Department of Health (DoH) to 23 April was 2,141 (see page 16 for definitions).
  • Six Covid-19 related deaths occurred in week ending 23 April, a decrease of four deaths from the previous week and continuing the general downward trend since the peak of 178 Covid-19 related deaths in the week ending 15 January.
  • Of these 2,953 deaths involving Covid-19, 1,951 (66.1%) occurred in hospital, 772 (26.1%) occurred in care homes, 14 (0.5%) occurred in hospices and 216 (7.3%) occurred at residential addresses or another location.
  • The 786 deaths in care homes and hospices involved 177 separate establishments.
  • The current lockdown, which has been in place since the end of 2020, began to ease on 23 April 2021 with close contact services opening. This will be followed up with the opening of outdoor hospitality businesses on 30 April.  


A weekly deaths dashboard is also available.


The bulletin and other related documents are available from the latest weekly deaths bulletin webpage

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