Winter Mortality in Northern Ireland 2021/22

Date published: 15 December 2022

The Winter Mortality report (formerly known as Excess Winter Mortality) for 2021/22 was released this morning. It contains analysis on the difference between the actual number of winter deaths in December 2021 to March 2022 and the expected number of deaths.

The report on Winter Mortality (WM) includes information on the provisional number of deaths that took place in Northern Ireland in the winter months of December 2021 to March 2022, compared with the non-winter months (including the preceding August to November 2021 and the following April to July 2022).

There were 5,907 deaths in Northern Ireland in the four months of winter 2021/22 (December to March). Comparing this with the average for the two adjacent 4-month periods, the seasonal increase in mortality in winter 2021/22 was an estimated 250. This was the lowest level of WM on record since winter 1980/81.

The report and accompanying table can be accessed on the winter mortality page.

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