On Friday the Prime Minister said the new variant of coronavirus in the UK may be causing more deaths.
Mr Johnson said there is “some evidence” the UK variant of coronavirus is associated with “a higher degree of mortality”.
The new strain of the virus doesn’t have a difference on age distribution, Sir Patrick said, which is similar to the original virus.
Sir Patrick also said the data shows the data on outlook of patients in hospitals look the same for both variants of the virus.
However the data shows for all those who test positive, there is an increased risk of mortality for those who have the new variant.
Sir Patrick added the evidence on the new variant is “not yet strong”, and he stressed the data is currently “uncertain”.
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Published at Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:08:00 +0000