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Top Hong Kong medical expert predicts more than half the global population will contract coronavirus

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'Sixty percent of the world's population is an awfully big number'

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The rapidly spreading coronavirus may infect more than 60% of the global population, a top Hong Kong medical expert said this week.

Epidemiologist Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, told The Guardian on Tuesday that experts believe each infected person will pass on the disease to 2.5 additional people — meaning the disease's "attack rate" would be 60% to 80%.

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