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Stormont 'inaction' slammed

An academic has slammed the "inaction" of the Executive over dealing with coronavirus, predicting cases across Ireland will rise to 6,000 by the end of the month.

Paddy Hillyard, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University, said he was "concerned about the consequences of the inaction" at Stormont.

In Italy, he said the daily increase in confirmed cases was between 26% and 30% with the daily increase in deaths higher at 40%.

He insisted the island of Ireland was just at the beginning of the curve and, using Italy as an example, estimated there will be 6,000 cases by the end of March.

"My overall view, as a sociologist, is that we should follow immediately the Republic in the drastic action which it is taking to try to slow down the spread of the virus," he said.

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Belfast Telegraph