More than nine in ten Covid deaths in people over 65


91 percent of all Covid-19 deaths reported in the first two years of the pandemic occurred in people over the age of 65, new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows.

CSO’s Frontier Series report revealed that between March 1, 2020 and most recently February 28, Covid-19 was identified as the “underlying cause of death” in 5,384 cases.

Dublin recorded the highest number of Covid-related deaths during that period, at 1,883, 35 per cent of the national total.

During that period there were 512 deaths in Cork City and County, with 279 in Kildare, 263 in Limerick, 200 in Mayo and 182 in Donegal. The City of Dublin (LEA) Local Electoral Area recorded 17 per cent of the national total at 915, while 390 deaths were recorded in Dublin South, 278 in Dublin Fingal and 264 in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

The highest number of reported LEA deaths outside of Dublin was in Cork County at 284. The lowest number was in Leitrim at 26.

Looking at the data by age, 91 percent of the deaths occurred in people aged 65 and older. Of these, 75 percent were aged 75 and over and 42 percent were aged 85 and over.

Among those under the age of 65, 505 deaths were recorded, including 127 between the ages of 45 and 55; 51 aged 25 to 44; and five under the age of 25, including one child under the age of 14.

In terms of where the deaths occurred, 3,176 (59 percent) were in general and orthopedic hospitals and 1,564 (29 percent) in nursing homes. Deaths at home accounted for 4.8 percent (257), with 3.4 percent (183) in community hospitals. No deaths were reported in maternity or pediatric hospitals.

“The analysis focuses on deaths where the underlying cause of death (UCOD) was determined to be Covid-19, a spokesman for the CSO said.

“A death certificate may list multiple causes of death based on which UCOD is identified by applying specific guidelines from the World Health Organization.” More than nine in ten Covid deaths in people over 65

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