Friday, July 3, 2009
Swine flu could kill more than 40 Britons a day by the end of the summer, chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said last night.
So far 7,500 have been infected with swine flu, of which three have died.
But the Government predicts that by the end of August there will be 100,000 new cases a day. If the same one-in-2,500 rate holds, there would be 40 deaths a day.
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Sir Liam said the predictions were scientific, but warned the actual figure could be lower – or even higher.
He spoke after Health Secretary Andy Burnham put Britain on epidemic alert.
Under new rules announced yesterday, anyone with flu symptoms is advised not to go to their GP for fear of spreading the disease. Instead they should quarantine themselves in their home.
This article was posted: Friday, July 3, 2009 at 3:56 am