Tuesday 7 April 2020 10:42 PM UTC
LONDON April 8: Britain could suffer more than 60,000 coronavirus deaths and be hit harder by the the outbreak than any nation in Europe, leading scientists say.
Modelling by researchers at the University of Washington predicted 151,680 people would succumb to the virus across the continent.
It found the UK could record 66,300 COVID-19 deaths by July – almost half (44 per cent) of the entire fatalities in Europe and three times more than Italy (20,000).
Spain (19,000) and France (15,000) will also record huge losses, according to the prediction, largely based on intensive care and hospital bed capacity.
The researchers forecast Britain will need 100,000 beds by mid-April to cope with the crisis, compared to the 17,765 currently available.
But the alarming projection does not take into account the thousands of beds that will become available at the new NHS Nightingale hospitals.
The number is also in stark contrast to predictions by the UK’s leading scientific advisers, who warned around 20,000 people will die during the crisis.
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