UK Coronavirus Variant May Be Up to 70% Deadlier, New Evidence Suggests

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 15, 2021

The British government set a February 15 target date to reach 15 million people in priority categories: care home residents and staff, frontline health and care workers, all those aged 70 or over and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

"If we possibly can, we will be setting out target dates for earliest reopening".

He said if any dates are revealed, they will be based on the best case scenario, and any unwelcome developments in the UK's battle with coronavirus could mean they are pushed back.

"All restrictions remaining after 8 March should be proportionate to the ever-increasing number of people we have protected", the group said - adding that the burden of proof should be on ministers to show restrictions are necessary. "Everybody wants to get out of this as quickly as we safely can, and both as quickly, but also as safely, are important".

"There is this global work going on because if other countries require (proof of vaccination) we want to allow Brits to be able to travel to those countries", Hancock said.

The British Prime Minister hailed a "significant milestone" on Sunday as data showed 15 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations had been delivered, fuelling calls for the government to start relaxing stringent lockdown measures.

"I think that that would be going it a bit".

"That is the hard balance, we want a sustainable exit so we don't have to go back into lockdown".

More than 60 MPs in the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) have written to Mr Johnson, insisting he commit to a firm timetable for ending controls but Mr Raab on Sunday said it was essential to ensure the disease was first under control.

But Health Secretary Hancock said there is "some way to go" before lockdown is eased, stressing that the Government is awaiting key data on how successfully vaccines reduce transmission.

The assessment confirmed that concern, but the scientists also said there would need to be more extensive studies conducted on deaths.

The study also said the United Kingdom variant is 35 percent to 45 percent more transmissible than other strains spreading in the US.

"But of course that poses slightly more of a risk than just, for instance, reopening primary schools".

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