New figures suggest the number of coronavirus-linked deaths in Northern Ireland could now be more than 600.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published its weekly bulletin today.

It says that in the week to last Friday, 8 May, 599 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded.

The official Department of Health figure, as of today, is 469.

The two sets of figures are compiled in different ways.

Daily figures produced by the department include deaths that occurred within 28 days of the deceased testing positive for Covid-19.

The weekly statistics published by NISRA cover all fatalities where coronavirus was recorded on a death certificate.

In many of those cases the deceased may or may not have been tested for the disease, but a health professional believed they had symptoms.

Nearly half of the 599 deaths in the NISRA bulletin took place outside hospital settings.

It says there have been 294 coronavirus-linked deaths in hospitals, representing 49.1% of the total.

A further 269 deaths, or 44.9%, took place in 71 care homes. Five, or 0.8%, were in hospices.

The remaining 31 deaths (5.2%) were in residential addresses or other locations.

People aged 75 or over accounted for 78.2% of all Covid-19 related deaths registered in Northern Ireland up to 8 May.