The British variant of the coronavirus may be more deadly than the regular variant. British Prime Minister Johnson has said there are indications that the new variant leads to higher mortality.
“Not only is the spread faster, it now also seems that there is some evidence that the new variant is associated with higher mortality.” Johnson did stress that the picture is not yet complete and that more research needs to be done.
Until now, it has been reported that the British variant spread faster, but that it did not make people sicker and therefore did not die sooner. So now there seem to be doubts about that. Johnson also said that the vaccines are known to be just as effective for the different variants.
The UK government’s chief adviser, Vallance, says studies of hospital patients do not show that they are more likely to die. But, he adds, research into the data of people who tested positive would show that. It would be a 30 percent higher mortality rate.
This means that if, for example, normally 10 of every 1,000 people infected with covid die, there would now be 13. Vallance, like Johnson, warned that there is still much uncertainty, but that these initial results of the study are worrying.
Possible stricter measures
Johnson went on to say that the United Kingdom may tighten measures to protect borders against entry of new corona variants.
“I do not rule out that we will tighten up measures,” he said. “We may need to be more strict because we don’t want to run the risk of all the hard work in the country being wiped out by a new variant.”
Prime Minister Johnson: British variant coronavirus possibly more deadly
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