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‘Truly devastating’: DUP MP Ian Paisley said the Executive should not ignore the figures

‘Truly devastating’: DUP MP Ian Paisley said the Executive should not ignore the figures

Warning: Prof Philip Thomas says UK will lose the equivalent of 560,000 lives

Warning: Prof Philip Thomas says UK will lose the equivalent of 560,000 lives

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‘Truly devastating’: DUP MP Ian Paisley said the Executive should not ignore the figures

The economic impact of Northern Ireland's lockdown restrictions will cost the equivalent of 16,000 lives here, an expert has warned.

Professor Philip Thomas, from the University of Bristol, has calculated that our population of nearly 1.9m will lose a total of 668,000 years of life due to a drop in GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

The prolonged impact of the restrictions on health due to a poorer economy will mean that each individual in Northern Ireland will have their life shortened on average by just over four months.


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