Latest figures published today by NISRA show that four deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week, from 1st to 7th August.
The total COVID-19 related deaths figure stands at 859.
Of this total, 452 (52.6%) took place in hospital, 349 (40.6%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 50 (5.8%) at residential addresses or other locations.
The 357 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 81 separate establishments.
The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 7th August was 556.
These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals. They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 429 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 7th August 2020, 81.4% (349) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 80 occurring in hospital.
On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 49.9% of all COVID-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.
COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of five (1.8%) of the 280 deaths registered inweek31.
This is four more than last week (week30) and brings the total number of COVID- 19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 859.