Weekly Deaths Bulletin – week ending 5 February 2021

Date published: 12 February 2021

The bulletin containing data on deaths registered for the week ending 5 February 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 5 February 2021 (week 5) was 462, 25 more than in week 4 of 2021 (437) and 125 more than the 5 year average (337).
  • 126 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate were registered in week 5 of 2021, accounting for 27.3% of all deaths in that week and bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered from the start of the pandemic to 2,574 by 5 February 2021.
  • From the start of the pandemic (from the first Covid-19 related death being registered on 19 March 2020) to 5 February 2021, males and females accounted for similar proportions of all deaths registered (males: 49.8%, females: 50.2%) and Covid-19 related deaths registered (males: 50.3%; female 49.7%).
  • From 19 March 2020 (the start of the pandemic) to 5 February 2021, the 75 years and over age-group accounted for almost two-thirds (65.8%) of all deaths and over three-quarters (77.2%) of Covid-19 related deaths.
  • Over the period of the pandemic, Antrim & Newtownabbey, and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have higher proportions of Covid-19 related deaths (9.9% and 7.7% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in NI (8.3% and 6.4% respectively).


Date of Death

  • 2,614 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate have occurred in total from 18 March 2020 to 5 February 2021 (including those registered up to and including 10 February). The comparative number of deaths reported by the Department of Health (DoH) to 5 February was 1,923 .
  • 103 Covid-19 related deaths occurred in week ending 5 February. This is the third consecutive fall in the occurrence based series since the recent peak of 177 Covid-19 related deaths in the week ending 15 January.
  • Of these 2,614 deaths involving Covid-19 1,676 (64.1%) occurred in hospital3, 737 (28.2%) occurred in care homes, 13 (0.5%) occurred in hospices and 188 (7.2%) occurred at residential addresses or another location.
  • The 750 deaths in care homes and hospices involved 174 separate establishments.

A weekly deaths dashboard is also available.


The bulletin and other related documents are available from the weekly deaths registrations in Northern Ireland webpage

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