Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The number of Covid-19 related death reported to Mayo coroner Pat O’Connor this week rose by 20%.
A total of fourteen people are understood to have died from the virus between Monday, January 18 and Monday, January 25.
Two-thirds of this week’s death took place in Mayo University Hospital with the remaining third in nursing homes and private houses. A large number of the deaths were reported on Monday, January 18.
“The deaths are all occurring in older people. A significant number have been in their 80s and some in their 90s,” explained Mr O’Connor.
During the week only three deaths were reported to the coroner for North Mayo, Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald, and none of those were described as Covid related. North Mayo is Ireland’s most Covid infected place but because the deaths took place in Mayo University Hospital and not in people’s homes they were reported to Mr O’Connor who covers East and West Mayo.
The three deaths reported to Dr Fitzgerald took place in nursing homes but the victims were not diagnosed with Covid-19, she said.
Autopsies will not be carried out on the majority of Covid related victims and there will be no inquests into their deaths.
“While Covid is a significant illness it is actually a natural death – Covid influenza. When people die with or from Covid there generally isn’t an autopsy directed. Covid is regarded as the overriding cause of death,” explained Mr O’Connor.

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