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NI death rate similar to Republic's, not 50% higher, claims leading economist

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People out and about enjoying the sunshine at Antrim Castle Grounds. Photo Pacemaker Press

People out and about enjoying the sunshine at Antrim Castle Grounds. Photo Pacemaker Press

People out and about enjoying the sunshine at Antrim Castle Grounds. Photo Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's death rate from coronavirus may be only 15% higher than that south of the border - and not 50% as previously claimed, a leading economist has said.

Dr Esmond Birnie, senior economist at Ulster University's Business School, believes Covid-19 death rates here are "broadly similar" to those in the Republic.

Dr Birnie said coronavirus deaths are being measured differently in the two jurisdictions.


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