Deadly coronavirus could infect 80 per cent of Brits and kill 500,000 in ‘worst case scenario’, UK Government document reveals

Deadly coronavirus could infect 80 per cent of Brits and kill 500,000 in ‘worst case scenario’, UK Government document reveals.

The document by the National Security Communications Team warns: “The current planning assumption is that 2-3 per cent of symptomatic cases will result in a ­fatality.”

Around half a million Brits — mostly the elderly or those with pre-existing illnesses — would be killed under this scenario, according to health sources.

The figures are in a “sensitive” government report called “Covid-19 Reasonable Worst Case Scenario”. …

Experts estimate a major outbreak may see more than two million people in hospital — crippling the NHS.