Boris Johnson Warns Covid Variant May Be More Deadly - New Scientific Evidence Emerges
The Daily Express - THE MUTANT coronavirus variant which has rapidly spread across the UK from Kent could be more deadly, Boris Johnson has warned.
New data presented to Ministers by scientists suggests the variant could kill up to 30 percent more people than the original strain. The variant, first discovered in Kent just before Christmas, is thought to be up to 70 percent more transmissible and led to a rapid surge in cases at the end of last year.
Speaking from Downing Street this evening in a televised coronavirus briefing, the Prime Minister said: "I must tell you this afternoon that we've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly it also now appears that there is some evidence the new variant, the variant that was first identified in London and the South East, may be associated with a higher degree of mortality."
As a result, the Prime Minister said the UK death...READ MORE
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