Professor Lockdown and Imperial team say Covid-19 kills 1.15% of all patients - TWICE as high as the best guess of No10's top scientists and the World Health Organization | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Professor Lockdown and Imperial team say Covid-19 kills 1.15% of all patients - TWICE as high as the best guess of No10's top scientists and the World Health Organization

Neil Ferguson's startling projection that up to 500,000 Britons could die of the life-threatening disease convinced ministers to put the UK into lockdown in March, on the basis that the virus has an infection fatality rate of around 1 per cent.

And now the Imperial College London epidemiologist, who stood down from SAGE after it was revealed he allowed his married lover to visit him at home during Britain's lockdown, has issued a new report saying the fatality rate could be as high as 1.15.

Professor Ferguson and colleagues at Imperial boast their calculations — which say the equivalent of one in every 100 people who get infected with the virus die from it — are some of the most accurate to date.

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