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Second wave of Covid-19 could be lethal, Northern Ireland projections suggest

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Health Minister Robin Swann

Health Minister Robin Swann

Health Minister Robin Swann

Northern Ireland could be hit by a much greater wave of deaths if Covid-19 spreads rapidly.

A modelling exercise by health officials indicates the potential for the virus to peak again as early as October. Under one scenario, up to 800 patients could be in intensive care units then.

The projections are based on the 'R' number - the virus's reproductive rate - climbing above 1, and if mitigation measures fail to work.