250,000 will die unless stricter virus measures are adopted, warn scientists

The Imperial College Covid-19 response team has been advising ministers.

Around 250,000 people will die in Britain as a result of the coronavirus outbreak unless more draconian measures are adopted to protect the population, scientists have warned.

The Imperial College Covid-19 response team – which has been advising ministers – said that even with the “social distancing” plans set out by the Government, the health system will be “overwhelmed many times over”.

In its latest report, it said the only “viable strategy” is a Chinese-style policy of “suppression” involving the social distancing of the entire population.

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It said such measures would need to be maintained potentially for 18 months or more until an effective vaccine became available.

source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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