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While most of New Zealand’s population is at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, 14,000 to 80,000 could die due to the virus, two recent reports warn.

Research conducted by the University of Otago, later forwarded to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, estimated that up to 64% of the population could fall ill with up to 14,400 people dying, Radio New Zealand reported.

However, another report, this time from the University of Auckland’s Te Punaha Matatini noted if left unchecked, the coronavirus would “infect 89% of the population and kill up to 80,000 people.”

“If New Zealand fails with

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