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Belfast has the highest death rate in NI: survey

By Peter Cary

Belfast has recorded the highest death rate for Northern Ireland, new data has revealed.

The city had 1,139.3 deaths per 100,000 - 156.8 above the UK average of 982.5.

Causeway Coast and Glens had the lowest, with 918.4 - 64.1 below the average.

The figures, taken from registered deaths in the UK in 2016, showed that Scotland recorded the most deaths of any UK nation, with an average 1,136.4 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Wales (1,045.7) and Northern Ireland (1,015.9).

England recorded the lowest number of deaths on average, with 959.8 deaths per 100,000 people - just above the UK average.

Glasgow topped the list of places with the highest mortality rate in the UK with 1,389.1 deaths per 100,000.

The data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, showed that Blackpool had the highest mortality rate of any council area in England, with 1,287.8 deaths per 100,000.

The "substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic position and health behaviour", the ONS said.

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