The deaths per million curves for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland continue to flatten. New cases appear to have stabilised somewhat.
The Republic of Ireland has 71.96% of the island’s population, but 75.58% of the COVID19-related deaths. This divergence has increased in recent days.
Is the better performance of the North regarding COVID19-related deaths a function of having the NHS rather than the two-tier system in the South? Simon Coveney seemed to be essentially accepting this when he stated on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday that “we are essentially moving away from a two-tier health system” (play at 10:25). If a FG politician is saying this, and is serious about it, the next government may evoke comparison with Atlee’s 1945 Labour government.
In the UK, the deaths per million curve steepened, and seems on course to overtake Italy’s.
Unfortunately, the global situation has disimproved, with new cases and deaths accelerating.
Further graphs can be found at my COVIDWATCH website.
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Philip McGuinness teaches at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and loves to walk around and over the wee perfect hills of the Ring Of Gullion.