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England's chief medical officer says NHS will 'probably' cope with coronavirus

Reuters Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Britain's health service, the NHS, will "probably" be able to cope with the coronavirus but it will be difficult, England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty said on Wednesday.
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