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Jim Allister

Jim Allister

Clinical staff wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they care for a patient at the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge

Clinical staff wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they care for a patient at the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge

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Jim Allister

Almost a third of people classed as having died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland did not test positive for the virus.

According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra), as of July 3 835 people had been registered as having been killed by coronavirus.

The Department of Health (DoH) total, however, is 556. This is because Nisra's figure includes anyone whose death certificate mentions Covid-19, whether they had tested positive for the virus or not.