THE UK's coronavirus outbreak is 'starting to slow' but deaths will keep rising, a top expert is warning.
Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College in London, who has been advising the government on the pandemic, claims to have detected "early signs" that the spread of the deadly bug is being curbed by draconian government measures.
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And he also suggested that up to three per cent of the UK – around two million people – might already have been infected with Covid-19.
Prof Ferguson's comments come after Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said it's too early to say when the coronavirus peak will be in the UK.
In particular, Prof Ferguson warned deaths are still likely to rise sharply as they lag two or three weeks behind the new infections.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme this morning, he said: "In the UK we can see some early signs of slowing and some indicators, less so in deaths, because deaths are lagged by a long time from when measures come in force.
"But when you look at the numbers of new hospital admissions per day for instance, that does appear to be slowing down a little bit now.
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