It has been a tumultuous few years in all of our lives. We have had Brexit which has had such a huge effect on the way we do business here in Northern Ireland, followed by the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 which has changed the landscape so dramatically and has had such a profound effect on so many peoples lives, and now a full scale war is raging in Ukraine as Putin`s Russia try to put the clock back 80 years with tragic consequences for this brave country.
Covid-19 Has Taken Something Of A Back Seat
The war in Ukraine is certainly front page news and Brexit has a long way to go yet before it is put to bed as arguments still rage over the Protocol. Of the 3 it is Covid-19 that has taken a back seat, but is this just a temporary situation or can we finally say that we are over the worst when it comes to this particular virus?
Infection rates are still very high without a doubt, so let us look at the latest statistics as copied from an article on the BBC News website:
`Six new Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland on Monday.
`The total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic is 3,342.
`Deaths are measured by recording those who died within 28 days of receiving a positive result in a test for coronavirus.
`Another 903 cases of coronavirus were reported on Monday up from 783 cases on Sunday.
`The data includes cases confirmed from samples taken in previous days, not necessarily just in the latest reporting period.
`On Monday 480 people with Covid-19 were in hospital in Northern Ireland and 10 patients were in intensive care.
Vaccines Administered In Northern Ireland
As for vaccines administered the article states that:
`A total of 3,760,869 vaccines for Covid-19 have been administered in Northern Ireland as of Monday.
`A total of 1,424,390 people had had their first dose and 1,332,445 had had their second dose.
`Meanwhile, 20,621 third doses have been administered.
`A total of 983,413 booster jabs have been administered, as of Monday
`That compares to the last figures the department released on Friday, with 515 people with Covid-19 in hospital in NI and five patients in intensive care.
The vaccines have done a miraculous job in bringing down the death rate of people who have contracted the virus, if not the rate that people become infected, so our sincere hope is that this continues so that there are as few people lose their lives as possible and our daily lives are not impacted any further.