Limerick sees highest Covid death rate in Mid West

LIMERICK had the highest number of deaths in the Mid West from Covid-19 and the fourth highest in the country between March 2020 and February this year, with 263 people succumbing to the virus.

More than half of the 487 deaths in the Mid West were in Limerick. That’s according to figures just released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Dublin had the highest number of deaths with 951 people – 17 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in the country – dying in the capital in that period.

The numbers in Limerick compare to 284 people who died from Covid-19 in Cork city and 279 in Kildare.

There were 135 Covid-19 deaths in Galway and 97 in neighbouring Clare.

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The age group worst hit were the over-85s with 104 deaths. The smallest number of deaths occurred in the 45-54 grouping with five recorded deaths. There were no deaths in younger age groups in Limerick, according to the data.

Local figures reflect the number of Limerick residents who died from the virus, with reported deaths recorded by the place in which the victims lived rather than place of death, such as an acute hospital.

Between March 2020 and February 2022 more than half of recorded deaths (59 per cent) occurred in general and orthopaedic hospitals, with 29 per cent occurring in nursing homes.

The fewest number of Covid-19 deaths occurred in Leitrim with 26 currently on record, or 0.5 per cent of deaths nationally.

People aged 65 and over accounted for 91 per cent of Covid-19 deaths.

4.8 per cent of people who died from Covid-19 did so at home while community hospital deaths accounted for 3.4 per cent of deaths.

No-one died from Covid-19 in maternity hospitals or paediatric hospitals.

The analysis focuses on deaths where Covid-19 was found to have been the underlying cause of death (UCOD). A death certificate may list multiple causes of death, based on which the UCOD is identified by applying specific guidelines from the World Health Organization .