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Expert warns there are ‘definitely thousands’ of coronavirus cases in Italy

by LLB Reporter
27th Feb 20 2:12 pm

Fears of a coronavirus pandemic has risen on Thursday as a leading expert has warned the number of cases across Italy and other countries is much higher than is being reported.

Today the UK confirmed two new cases bring the total to 15 coronavirus cases., four of which were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College, London, has claimed there are “definitely thousands” of cases across northern Italy.

Professor Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “The great majority of cases for this virus we think have quite mild disease and they are not being detected.”

He added that people in the UK will be advised to “minimise social contact” and that the UK will unlikely quarantine towns and cities like China and Italy have done.

UK health officials are concerned about the quarantine in northern Italy and Britons returning back from the country are being advised to self-Isolate even you are not showing any signs.

Professor Ferguson said, “What’s been clear is that there has been transmission in Italy ongoing and not detected for at least three weeks and probably more like a month.

“Behind each one of those deaths probably lies about a thousand cases.”

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