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Most Covid-19 deaths in Ireland occurred in hospitals and nursing homes, analysis shows

People aged 65 and older accounted for 91% of Covid-19 deaths between March 2020 and February 2022.

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ALMOST NINE IN ten deaths from Covid-19 occurred in hospitals and nursing homes, according to new analysis from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). 

Between March 2020 and February 2022, 59% of Covid deaths occurred in general and orthopeadic hospitals and 29% occurred in nursing homes.  

People aged 65 and older accounted for 91% of Covid-19 deaths in this time period. 

Dublin city recorded the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 at 17% – 951 people. More than one-third of all deaths occurred in Co Dublin. The lowest number of deaths (26) were recorded in Co Leitrim. 

This analysis focused specifically on deaths where Covid-19 was found to be the underlying cause as opposed to deaths where the person had Covid-19, but it may not have been the cause of death. 

There have been 7,662 deaths of people with Covid-19 in total but this analysis focused on 5,384 cases where Covid-19 was identified as the underlying cause of death between March 2020 and February this year. 

Of these deaths, three-quarters were people aged 75 and older. 42% were people aged 85 and older. 

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