The United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 variant was discovered to be 30 percent to 100 percent “deadlier” compared with other strains, a study revealed.
In a study published by the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, the UK variant or B.1.1.7 death rates were “significantly higher” than the other variants.
Results showed that the 227 patients who were infected with the UK variant died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, while 141 died who had not been infected with B.1.1.7.
Exeter University researcher Robert Challen, who co-led the research said that the UK variant “should be taken seriously.”
“Coupled with its ability to spread rapidly, this makes B.1.1.7 a threat that should be taken seriously,” Challen said.
The study also found that the UK variant was “more transmissible’ and “more lethal”
“The variant of concern, in addition to being more transmissible, seems to be more lethal. We expect this to be associated with changes in its phenotypic properties because of multiple genetic mutations,” the report concluded.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said that he was confident that the vaccines currently being used in the UK which was produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNtech were “effective in protecting against death and serious illness.”
To date, the UK has recorded more than 4.3 million cases of COVID-19 and about 125,000 died.
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