More than 38,500 people are in UK hospitals with Covid-19, 78 percent more than during the first peak last year. © Toby Melville, Reuters
Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly as well as being more contagious, British officials warned on Friday.
“There is some evidence that the new variant (…) may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a Downing Street news conference.
Patrick Vallance, the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser, said the new variant could be around 30 percent more deadly, although he stressed that only sparse data was available.
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