People needing hospital treatment for coronavirus are as likely to die as those with Ebola, claim UK researchers.

The warning comes as the largest study in Europe showed at least a third of hospital patients with Covid-19 die.

The disease is mild for most and can be treated at home, but scientists said people needed to realise how dangerous the infection could be.

Obesity, ageing and being male greatly increase the risk of death, according to the data from 166 British hospitals.

Medical details on nearly 17,000 coronavirus patients in England, Wales and Scotland have been analysed.

It shows that:

49% survived and were discharged 33% have died 17% were still being treated

“Some people persist in believing that Covid-19 is no worse than a

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