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More information on deaths associated with Covid

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The Ministry of Health is releasing further information on deaths associated with Covid-19.

Covid-19 deaths includes all cases that died who were classified as an active case of Covid-19 at the time of death. In some of these cases, the underlying cause of death may have been unrelated to Covid-19.

The Ministry’s clinical criteria for reporting a Covid-19 death will continue to be guided by the World Health Organization’s definition for deaths due to Covid-19. 

Deaths being investigated by the Coroner will remain under investigation until the Coroner’s finding has been determined, says a spokesperson for the Ministry.

"The Ministry will report this information daily on its website.  

"This reflects that it can take some time for the Coroner to determine their findings, as well as formal notification processes carried out by the DHB."

Below are the vaccination status, demographic details, and underlying conditions for the 41 individuals who have died while having Covid-19.

As of 9am November 25, 30 of these deaths are classified as due to Covid-19, one death was not due to Covid-19, and the cause of death of the remaining ten has not been finalised.

This data will be updated as privacy provisions allow to ensure personal information, is not personally identifiable, says the MOH.

"There is clear evidence that Covid-19 vaccination both keeps people out of hospital and keeps them from dying.

"A British Medical Journal study reported last month, based on research carried out in Scotland, that Pfizer vaccine is 90 per cent effective in preventing death from Covid-19 where most infections were caused by the Delta variant.

"All of the tables refer to deaths associated with the current outbreak, except the comorbidities table, which uses data for the all Covid-19 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

"The categories below are based on when cases could be classified as fully immunised.

"‘Fully vaccinated’ is defined as having two doses seven days prior to being reported as a case.

"Cases who received their second dose less than seven days prior to being reported as a case are defined as ‘partially vaccinated’, along with people who have received one dose."

The Ministry of Health says the figures in the table are for the 18 deaths in people infected with Covid-19 from this outbreak only, when vaccines have been available.

"This figure includes all cases that died who had been classified as an active case of Covid-19 at the time of death. In some of these cases, the underlying cause of death may have been unrelated to Covid-19, says an MOH spokesperson

"Of the 18 individuals who died with Covid-19, four were determined to have died as a result of their Covid-19 infection, one death was not due to Covid-19 and the rest are under investigation.

"This is based on information available to date and may change in response to ongoing investigations, including the coronial process."

Vaccine status

Deaths

Fully vaccinated 

4

Not vaccinated

11

Partially vaccinated

3

Total

18

Age group

Deaths

40 to 49

4

50 to 59

4

60 to 69

2

70 to 79

1

80 to 89

4

90 to 99

3

Total

18

Prioritised Ethnicity

Deaths

Asian

2

European or Other

6

Maori

7

Pacific Peoples

3

Total

18

Pre-existing condition

Deaths in cases with pre-existing condition

Cardiovascular disease

9

Chronic lung disease

6

Diabetes

6

Immunodeficiency

0

Liver disease

0

Malignancy

1

Neurological or neuromuscular disease

4

Other underlying condition

8

Post Partum (less than 6 weeks)

0

Pregnancy

0

Renal failure

2

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........... how many lives we could save if this articles title used the words HEART DISEASE or BREAST/PROSTRATE/LUNG CANCER instead of COVID And the money spent on this Flu variant was utilised to educate and help keep us healthy, active and eating well These diseases along kill approximately 700 Kiwis a week