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Why the coronavirus variant from UK may be deadlier than original – Business Insider – Business Insider

The coronavirus variant first found in the UK may have a higher mortality rate than the original, officials announced last week.

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that people infected with the coronavirus variant first reported in the country may face a higher risk of death than those who get the original virus.
“There is some evidence the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
Studies have shown that the variant, known as B.1.1.7, is more contagious than its viral predecessors. But evidence had not suggested the strain was deadlier…

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