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stark numbers New figures show Northern Ireland has highest percentage of Covid deaths in UK

Covid deaths account for around one in every 14 deaths

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(Martin Rickett/PA)

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(Martin Rickett/PA)

Deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have the highest percentage in the UK, new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The figure for the week ending October 15 sits at 11.3%, which is more than England (6.1%), Wales (9.9%) and Scotland (10.4%).

38 people in Northern Ireland died of a Covid-related condition in the week ending October 15.

A spokesperson for the ONS said: “Of all the deaths registered in the week ending October 15, 890 involved coronavirus, 65 more than the previous week - a 7.9% increase.

“Deaths involving Covid-19 accounted for around one in 14 deaths.”

There are currently 348 patients being treated in Northern Ireland hospitals for Covid-19, with 97 beds in ICU occupied, 33 of which are occupied by patients being treated for the disease.

Hospitals are at 105% occupancy, with 3,266 of 3,118 beds occupied.

There are currently 50 Covid outbreaks in care homes with the total number of people having died as a result of coronavirus standing at 2,665.

4,751,812 tests have been carried out with 268,206 people having tested positive.

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