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The new coronavirus strain could be “more deadly,” says Boris Johnson – BBC News

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Boris Johnson said there is evidence that a new variant of coronavirus that is spreading across the UK could be more deadly than the original strain. Government scientists have suggested that the strain could lead to 30% or 40% more deaths. It was said that men in their 60s were expected to die as a result of the original virus out of 1,000. With variant strain, the death toll has risen to 13 or 14. The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said there was a great deal of uncertainty around these numbers, but it was worrying. There is good news in the vaccination program with a record number of doses given in the last 24 hours. However, Boris Johnson warned that the infection rate is still “very high” and said he could not consider removing the restrictions in England until it became clear that the vaccine program was working. But there is one key question that scientists still cannot answer. Will the people who owned it still be able to infect the virus? Sophie Raworth presents Ten at BBC News with health editor Hugh Pym, deputy political editor Vicki Young and science editor David Shukman. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog .

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