LONDON-British officials warned on Friday that the first variant of the coronavirus discovered in the UK may be more lethal and spreading than previous versions of the pathogen.
The conclusions of scientists providing recommendations to the British government remain highly uncertain. But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised speech that the variant may lead to a higher death rate. This variant has caused a surge in Covid-19 infections across the UK and spread rapidly in the United States.
The US federal health authorities said that by March, it may become a major variant of the United States.
“We were told today that in addition to the faster spread, it now appears that there is some evidence that the new variants (the ones originally found in London and the southeast) may be associated with higher levels of mortality.”
The preliminary conclusion is that British hospitals are coping with more Covid-19 patients than during the pandemic. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK is expected to exceed 100,000 next week.