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Northern Ireland's bubble of complacency around Covid-19 has been burst in a terrifying way

Gail Walker


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'The 1,000-death point had been reached on December 1.'

'The 1,000-death point had been reached on December 1.'

'The 1,000-death point had been reached on December 1.'

On Wednesday January 13, Northern Ireland discreetly passed the 1,500 marker for Covid-19 deaths. The 1,000-death point had been reached on December 1.

That's a shocking statistic; as indeed is the pace of mortality. I say "discreetly", because, while the Republic was building into a frenzy over its increased cases and rising daily death toll since New Year, Northern Ireland, at only a fraction of the south's population, was outstripping it in real terms day by day.

Over the nine-day period from January 4, NI recorded 144 deaths, while the Republic notched up 141.


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