Western Morning News

UK ‘could see 50,000 more virus deaths’


THE UK could see a further 50,000 deaths from the virus, a top scientific adviser has warned. Professor Calum Semple, who sits on the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencie­s (Sage), predicted there could be another 50,000 deaths from coronaviru­s and warned that every Covid-19 fatality “represents probably four or five people who survive but are damaged” by the disease. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson insisted he took “full responsibi­lity” for the response to the pandemic as the Government’s figure for coronaviru­s deaths passed 100,000 Data, published by statistics agencies place the toll at 115,000. Meanwhile a new survey suggested one in eight Britons have lost a close friend or family member to Covid-19. Polling from YouGov found 8% of people had lost a close friend, while 5% reported they had lost a family member. More than a quarter (27%) knew someone who had become seriously ill from Covid19, with 2% saying they themselves had been very unwell. More than half (57%) said they knew someone who had tested positive. The survey was taken of 2,029 people between December 31 and January 11.

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