For more than a month, a new variant has paralyzed the United Kingdom, pushing the authorities to a third confinement. The British variant of the coronavirus was known to be more contagious. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday 22 January that he could also be more deadly.
The incomplete results come from a preliminary study, and should therefore be taken with caution. This week, the number of daily deaths reached an unprecedented number: 1,820 deaths were counted on Wednesday, January 20. Temporary morgues were hastily built. The rate of new contaminations is weakening, but not fast enough for the pressure to decrease in hospitals.
“We think that the viral load is increased, which means that we excrete, that we make more virus”, Explains the journalist and doctor Damien Mascret, on the plateau of France 2. Indeed, according to the British study, if we take 1,000 infected people in their sixties,“instead of having ten people who die, we would have 13 or 14”, He continues.
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