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UK Covid-19 variant 30-70% more deadly than original strain

February 15, 2021 7:34 am

The highly contagious UK Covid-19 variant is between 30 to 70 per cent more deadly than the original strain of the virus, British scientists are warning.

Infected people have a higher viral load, or more of the virus in their body, meaning more severe Covid-19 symptoms.

The British variant has now been discovered in 82 countries, with cases linked to the strain doubling in the US nearly every 10 days.

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Scientists warn that the UK variant is expected to be the dominant strain in the US as early as March.

 

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