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Up to 1,900 could die if coronavirus second wave hits NI, leaked document claims

NI alarm after document leaked

Up to 1,900 people could die in Northern Ireland in a second wave of coronavirus this winter, a leaked scientific document prepared for the UK Government has claimed.

The "reasonable worst case scenario" is set out in a paper by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) - although on Sunday night the Department of Health in Northern Ireland appeared not to accept the figure for Northern Ireland.

The Sage analysis warns that the death toll across the UK could top 85,000. The authors stress that they are setting out a worst-case scenario and not a prediction of what is likely to happen, adding that there is "a wide range of uncertainty" about the actual outcome.