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Authorities have a duty to tell us who’s dying from Covid in Northern Ireland - and we have a right to know

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Just who is dying from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland? This isn’t some wild conspiracy theory but rather a vital question that isn’t being answered by the powers-that-be.

Yes, we’re informed of the daily death toll — now rising alarmingly again — and also the broad age brackets those deaths occur in.

But specific information hasn’t been forthcoming from the Department of Health on one crucial question: the number of deaths among those who have been vaccinated, specifically our elderly people.

Let me be clear: this isn’t about fuelling the fantasies of anti-vaxx fanatics. It’s essential that as many people as possible receive the jab, which offers us the best protection.

Yet we also need transparency around statistics which seem to suggest our now double-vaccinated elderly are still dying at a disproportionate rate. If so, it’s only fair that older people and their relatives know the risks.

Of course, the vaccine never promised 100% protection, but if the elderly remain more susceptible, that surely has implications for how we “live with Covid”.

Globally, there are two main approaches: “Covid Zero”, where society tries to eradicate the virus; and “Living With It”, where we accept Covid is with us for ever and try to limit the damage.

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The ambition to “live with it” — aka “man up” — isn’t really what we bargained on with a vaccine. But unsurprisingly this stiff-upper-lip approach has been the mantra of the Government since Sajid Javid became Health Secretary.

He told us to stop “‘cowering” and vigorously advocated........

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