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Many could die in new NI coronavirus surge warns expert, but former WHO chief says second wave unlikely

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Virologist Dr Connor Bamford

Virologist Dr Connor Bamford

Professor Karol Sikora

Professor Karol Sikora

Virologist Dr Connor Bamford

A "significant" number of people in Northern Ireland could still be at risk of dying from Covid-19, an expert has warned.

Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen's University, Belfast was speaking after the Department of Health (DoH) published new data on the potential impact of the virus beginning to spread again.

It examined what might happen if the region was hit by a second, potentially more lethal, wave of the virus if the 'R' number - the rate at which a single infected person infects others - creeps marginally above one.