Boris Johnson: UK variant up to 30% more deadly

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Boris Johnson begun today’s press conference by warning of the deadliness of the new variant.

“There is some evidence the new variant…may be associated with a higher degree of mortality.”

Sir Patrick Vallance added that the Kent variant is between 30 and 70 per cent more transmissible, and does not discriminate by age.

He said that the UK variant looks to be more deadly, based on preliminary data.

“There is evidence that there is an increased risk for people who have the new variant, compared to the old variant,” he says,

Sir Patrick stresses that the data is “uncertain”, but suggests that for a man in his 60s, the risk of death with the new variant is 13 in 1000 rather than 10 in 1000.

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