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UK Chief Scientist: COVID-19 Variant May Be Deadlier Than Original Virus

Added 01-22-21 06:16:03pm EST - “Sir Patrick Vallance said the new coronavirus strain may kill three or four more people per 1000 than the original virus.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “UK Chief Scientist: COVID-19 Variant May Be Deadlier Than Original Virus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LONDON (AP) — There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death .than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday ― though he stressed that the data is uncertain

Patrick Vallance told a news conference that “there is evidence that there is an increased risk for those who have the new variant.”

He said that for a man in his 60s with the original version of the virus, “the average risk is that for 1,000 people who got infected, roughly 10 would be expected to unfortunately die.”

“With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said.

In contrast to that uncertainty, he said, there is growing confidence that the variant is more easily passed on than the original coronavirus strain. He said it appears to be between 30% and 70% more transmissible.

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