UK Coronavirus Variant may Be Deadlier

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  • UK prime minister Boris Johnson told a press briefing Friday that preliminary evidence suggests that the UK coronavirus variant, B.1.1.7, may be deadlier than previous strains
  • This report was released to the government by the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, who are assessing the data on the variant
  • The group said the virus appears to be about 30 percent more deadly than the original strains
  • Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at Imperial College London concluded that it is between 29 and 36 percent more lethal, whereas the researchers at the University of Exeter put it at 91 percent
  • However, the UK's chief executive adviser, Patrick Vallance, said the evidence on lethality is not yet strong