So we're not all going to die of swine flu after all:- offical
Deaths from swine flu could be less than half the annual toll from the usual winter flu, it emerged last night.
The news came as an expert accused ministers of an 'alarmist' response to the outbreak.
England's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson was forced to admit yesterday that the worst case scenario had been slashed by two thirds from 65,000 deaths to 19,000.
After millions were spent on antiviral drugs and telephone hotlines, he revealed the toll could be as low as 3,000 - less than half the number who die in an average flu season.
Even a total of 19,000 deaths would be 2,000 lower than the number who died in the last major seasonal flu epidemic of 1999-2000.
Tamiflu sales are going to down.
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