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We would have to know how many people would die of other causes that would not have otherwise occurred to determine the point at which particular policies were taking more lives than they were saving.
Lockdown is a good tactic in situations where COVID-19 transmission is spiralling out of control and there is a threat of the health system being overwhelmed. But it is just one of many different weapons we can deploy against the coronavirus.
It is hard to make international comparisons of the COVID death rates in individual countries, but a new approach is giving scientists better data to work with.
Northern Ireland is the first UK country to impose a time-limited set of restrictions to try and get on top of the coronavirus.
Most people who worked at home during lockdown want to continue doing so in some respect according to one recent survey.
In a letter, the Scottish university asks all students to observe a voluntary lockdown this weekend, effective from 7pm on Friday evening.