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British scientist leading coronavirus fight says forecasts for 400,000 UK deaths


Added 02-14-20 10:36:02pm EST - “Scientist Professor Neil Ferguson, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, said 60 per cent of Britons could 'potentially' be affected by the virus, formally known as COVID-19.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “400,000 UK deaths not an absurd number, scientist says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The British scientist leading the fight against coronavirus admitted last night that predictions of 400,000 UK deaths are 'not absurd'.  

Professor Neil Ferguson, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, revealed that 'this is the one I'm scared of' when asked about the killer coronavirus, which is causing increasing alarm all over the country. 

However, he insisted he was not predicting 400,000 deaths, but was warning that the figure 'is possible'. He said he would rather and adding that he'd 'prefer to be accused of overreacting than under reacting'.

Research indicates that 60 per cent of Britons could be affected by the virus, formally known as COVID-19. 

Professor Ferguson added: 'Our best estimates at the moment is that maybe one per cent of people who get infected might die.'

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