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Why comparing Covid-19 outcomes, north and south, matters less than keeping the mortality rate of the virus down

Dr Graham Gudgin


The real figures may not be known for months, or even longer. In the meantime, both NI and the Republic have a hundred times more deaths than some other countries, writes Graham Gudgin

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Covid-19 has hit both Northern Ireland and the Republic hard

Covid-19 has hit both Northern Ireland and the Republic hard

Virologist Connor Bamford

Virologist Connor Bamford

Retired professor Mike Tomlinson

Retired professor Mike Tomlinson

Dr Gabriel Scally

Dr Gabriel Scally

Covid-19 has hit both Northern Ireland and the Republic hard

Thankfully, the number of deaths related to the Covid-19 virus has fallen to a low level of a handful a day and we can begin to see the end of the pandemic.

One of the first warnings of a new virus came from QUB virology researcher Connor Bamford on January 13. Four months later, we know that hundreds have died and that the economy has suffered more damage than at any time since the Second World War.

There has been considerable interest in differences in outcomes from the Covid-19 pandemic between Northern Ireland and the Republic.