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Does Northern Ireland have the highest number of children in care since 1995?
8 February 2022
In January 2022, 3,566 children in Northern Ireland were recorded as being in care, which is the highest recorded figure since 1995, according to Department

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COVID-19 and excess deaths in Northern Ireland and the world
10 January 2022
There has been a lot of discussion in relation to “excess deaths” and COVID-19. This term is not specific to this pandemic and has been

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Comparing suicide statistics
24 August 2021
During the pandemic, there have been claims that the number of deaths by suicide has increased, reflecting the acknowledged mental strain experienced by many. FactCheckNI

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Does Ireland have the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone?
14 April 2021
According to the most recent annual figures, Ireland has the highest annual rate of GDP growth (both as an absolute figure and if adjusted for

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The accuracy of COVID-19 death statistics
21 October 2020
In summary: Three sets of figures regarding numbers of deaths attributed to COVID-19 are collated which crucially vary in their timeliness.  We now know that

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What’s the accuracy of claims regarding COVID-19 featured in a leaflet distributed in parts of Lagan Valley constituency?
18 September 2020
CLAIMS:  Covid-19 was downgraded from high-consequence infectious disease (HCID) status by the UK government on 19th March, 2020. Death rates are no higher this year

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How has COVID-19 contributed to excess deaths in Northern Ireland?
4 August 2020
What are “excess deaths”, and how does the figure for Northern Ireland compare with elsewhere in the UK and across Europe? [This explainer article is

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Are COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland 50% higher than Ireland?
24 April 2020
A widely shared tweet by Gabriel Scally on Wednesday 22 April draws attention to an Irish Times article about the difference in relative COVID-19 death

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It’s all about the test: Counting COVID-19 deaths
14 April 2020
“The figures on deaths relate in almost all cases to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for COVID-19. Slight differences

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Do families have to give permission for COVID-19 death statistics?
31 March 2020
This claim is not accurate. While there has been a change in the timing of reporting of official statistics regarding the impact of COVID-19, there

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Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists 100 times more than England’s?
20 September 2019
The claim is accurate. 105,486 and 1,089 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland and England, respectively. The

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96% population growth by those aged 65+?
19 July 2019
This claim is accurate. NISRA has published a projection of an increased population of 77,587 people; the 65+ age profile will see the largest change.