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Baleful milestone of 1,000 Covid-19 deaths reached in NI, but there’ll be no list of dead read out at Stormont

Gail Walker


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A Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh (Niall Carson/PA)

A Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh (Niall Carson/PA)

A Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh (Niall Carson/PA)

Another baleful milestone in the history of Northern Ireland has been passed today as the number of Covid-19 related deaths exceeds 1,000 for the first time.

It’s been a few decades since we’ve had a fatality countdown of such an epic scale.

But unlike the collective gut-clenching dread that accompanied the lead up to, say, the 3,500th Troubles victim or the 100th sectarian killing in any one year, this tragic tally — 15 deaths in the past 24-hours, meaning now 1,011 of our people have died from Covid-19 — is passing with much less attention and all-round angst.


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