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Early evidence suggests the version of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more lethal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Nevertheless, there stays big unpredictability around the numbers – and vaccines are still expected to work.
The information originates from mathematicians comparing death rates in individuals infected with either the new or the old versions of the infection.
The brand-new more infectious variant has actually currently spread out commonly across the UK.
Mr Johnson told a Downing Street rundown: “In addition to spreading out quicker, it also now appears that there is some proof that the brand-new version – the variation that was initially identified in London and the south east – may be connected with a greater degree of death.
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