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Dept of Health Coronavirus Related Health Inequalities Report

The Department of Health published the Coronavirus Related Health Inequalities Report. This report presents an analysis of coronavirus (COVID-19) related health inequalities by assessing differences between the most and least deprived areas of NI and within Local Government District (LGD) areas for COVID-19 infection and admission rates.

Key findings – Laboratory completed tests

  • The infection rate in the 10% most deprived areas (379 cases per 100,000 population) was a fifth higher than the rate in the 10% least deprived areas (317 cases per 100,000 population) and two-fifths higher than the NI average (272 cases per 100,000 population).
  • The rate among females (308 cases per 100,000 population) was a third higher than males (234 cases per 100,000 population).
  • The infection rate among those aged over 65 was almost two-fifths higher in the 10% most deprived areas (1,027 cases per 100,000 population) than the rate in the 10% least deprived (750 cases per 100,000 population) and almost three-quarters higher than the NI average.
  • While infection rates were highest in the 10% most deprived areas for under 65s, over 65s, and all ages; the 10% least deprived areas had the second highest infection rate for over 65s and all ages.
  • The rate in urban areas was 90% higher than the rate seen in rural areas, however, the rate was highest in mixed urban/rural areas (398 cases per 100,000 population).
  • Of those testing positive, more than a quarter (27%) were admitted to hospital for treatment, with males (39%) being twice as likely to be admitted as females (19%), and those in the 10% most deprived areas 37% more likely to be admitted than those in the 10% least deprived areas.

Key findings – Admissions to hospital

  • The admission rate for COVID-19 (confirmed or suspected cases) in the 10% most deprived areas (581 admissions per 100,000 population) was almost double the rate in the 10% least deprived areas (317 admissions per 100,000 population).
  • The rate for under 75s in the most deprived decile (369 admissions per 100,000 population) was approximately two and a half times that in the least deprived decile (150 admissions per 100,000 population).
  • In comparison, the 75 and over rate for the most deprived decile was almost two-fifths higher than in the least deprived decile.
  • While deprivation was found to be an important factor of the likelihood of admission, age was found to have a greater impact. The standardised admission rate for the population aged 75 and over (2,255 admissions per 100,000 population) was 9 times that for the under 75 population (249 admissions per 100,000 population).

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-related-health-inequalities-report

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