Respiratory diseases were reported in 98% of Covid-related deaths, according to new statistics from the Central Statistics Office.

The CSO data shows that four in every five people who have died from the virus had at least three medical conditions mentioned in their records.

Covid-19 was identified as the underlying cause of death (UCOD) in a total of 5,384 deaths between March 2020 and February 2022.

Pneumonia was certified as a condition in 3,023 (56%) of Covid-19 deaths, while chronic lower respiratory diseases were stated on 948 - or 18% - death certificates.

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The virus was an underlying cause of death in 2.3% of all deaths involving cancer of the bronchus or lung in this timeframe, in 3% of all deaths where breast cancer was reported, and in almost 6% of all deaths that mentioned prostate cancer as a condition suffered by the deceased person.

The CSO figures show that more men died from Covid-19 - 53% - than women.

Earlier this month, CSO figures showed that a total of 1,564 Covid-related deaths occurred in nursing homes, which reflects 29% of all virus-related deaths.

Dublin city recorded the highest number of deaths related to the virus at 951, which is 17% of all Covid-19 deaths in the period.

The figures show that 91% of those who died of Covid-19 were aged over 65.