British health experts, today, Saturday, expressed their surprise at statements made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicating that the mutated virus strain first discovered in Britain may be more deadly.
Yvonne Doyle, the medical director at Public Health England, said it was still “not entirely clear” whether the mutated type of coronavirus was associated with a higher mortality rate than the original coronavirus strain.
“There is evidence, but it is too early,” she said, referring to ongoing scientific studies. It is a small number of cases, and it is too early to say that this will actually happen. ”
A member of the expert committee of the British Emergency Scientific Advisory Group, Mike Tildsley, agreed that it was too early to confirm any increase in the death rate from the new mutated virus. He told the BBC that he was surprised by Johnson’s announcement.
“I would like to wait another week or two, and watch a little while before we come to really strong conclusions about this,” he added.
Tildesley said: The number of deaths increased slightly, from 10 to about 13 per 1,000 patients, but he warned that this was based on a “relatively small amount of data.”
Johnson told the press, on Friday evening, that there is evidence that the British virus, also known as B117, is more deadly than the type that has prevailed so far, which has caused concern around the world.
There is consensus that the strain is more transmissible, but so far there has been no public indication from high-ranking British officials that the strain could be more deadly.