The UK variant of coronavirus could be more deadly than the original, Boris Johnson has said.
Britain’s Prime Minister said the latest scientific evidence shows the new variant has a higher risk of death.
“It is largely the impact of this new variant that means the NHS is under so much intense pressure,” he said.
Professor Neil Ferguson, a scientist on the British Government’s virus advisory committee, said the latest data showed up to 13 in 1000 people aged 60 who contract the variant strain could die, compared with 10 in 1000 who caught the original variant.
“It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty,” Prof Ferguson told ITV.
The new variant, of which there have been 29 cases dtected in New Zealand’s MIQ facilities, is also more transmissable.
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