UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street news conference on Friday that it "now appears there's some evidence the new variant could also be related to a better degree of mortality.
There is some evidence the new variant of the coronavirus first identified within the UK could also be up to 30% more deadly than previous variants, the united kingdom government has said.Identification of the new variant, which scientists have found to possess a faster transmission rate than other variants, has coincided with a surge of deaths within the UK.
There were 1,401 recorded deaths of individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday within the UK.The UK government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance stressed that while he was "confident" that the new variant was more transmissible, the evidence remained "not yet strong" and "uncertain" that it had been more deadly.
However, he said the first signs that the new variant might be up to 30% more deadly.Vallance said that whereas a mean of 10 out of a 1,000 older people died of the old variant within the UK, this appears to possess increased to 13 out of 1,000 people with the new variant.
This was reiterated by another scientific adviser to the united kingdom government, Professor Neil Ferguson, who told ITV on Friday that: "Four groups - Imperial, LSHTM, PHE and Exeter - have checked out the connection between people testing positive for the variant vs old strains and therefore the risk of death."That suggests a 1.3-fold increased risk of death. So for 60 year-olds, 13 in 1000 might die compared with 10 in 1000 for old strains."