The Covid-19 variant that was first identified in the UK “It may be 30 percent more deadly than the original virus”Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned.
The new statements of the British premier explain the fears in europe and the precautions for curb the access of foreigners to the continent, restrictions on travelers and test requirements for all Europeans, when the British variant is already in the EU and they do not want it to expand.
In his press conference in Downing Street on Friday, Johnson said “there is some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality“.
Boris Johnson gave the conference with posters asking to stay home and take care of the advance of the coronavirus. (AP)
“All current evidence continues to show that current vaccines are still effective against both the old variant of the coronavirus and this new one,” he said.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s main scientific advisor, also warned about the consequences that the local variant will have. “With the UK variant, the available data suggest that 13 to 14 people out of 1,000 would be expected to die”, He pointed.
The specialist also warned that South African and Brazilian variants there are concerns that are less susceptible to vaccines.
People line up to get vaccinated in London. (Reuters)
“More clinical information is needed to be able to prove it. But for the British variant there is “strong evidence that it is susceptible to vaccines,” said the British chief scientist. First identified in Kent, the British variant is believed to be 70% more transmissible.
England and Scotland announced new restrictions on January 4 to halt a surge in the variant-fueled coronavirus, which has led to a record number of deaths and daily infections this month.
The government said another 1,401 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, raising the UK total to 95,981.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that occurred in recent days, show that now there have been 112,000 virus-related deaths in the UK.
The government also said that, as of 9am on Friday, there had been another 40,261 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,583,907.
The latest estimates from the Department of Health (DoH) suggest that the number of new Covid-19 infections it was falling between 1% and 4% per day.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) have said that the number of coronavirus Rs in the UK has dropped dramatically since last week.
The R, which refers to the number of people to whom an infected person will transmit Covid-19, is between 0.8 and 1 across the UK, however the Office for National Statistics estimated that the overall prevalence remained high, with about one in 55 people with the virus.
“Cases remain dangerously high and we must remain vigilant to keep this virus under control, “said a DoH spokesman.” It is essential that everyone remains at home, whether they have been vaccinated or not. “The same recommendation from the Prime Minister: staying home is essential at this time.
The arrival of the British, South African and Brazilian variants to Great Britain and France have generated the fear of a great epidemic and they prepare with draconian measures to be able to control it.
Government officials are divided between those who want to shut everything down and isolate themselves and those who believe that “we must go ahead or take strict preventive measures”, including changing current masks for safer ones.
The EU has accepted that each country can adopt the measures it deems necessary in the face of an emergency, especially around its borders.
In an emergency meeting on Thursday night, the 27 EU members discussed at a summit “the rapid escalation of the rigor of measures against the virus in the coming weeks to preserve hospital capacities, accelerate vaccination campaigns and decrease cross-border movements ”.
The reason for this urgency is the now announced mortality of the British version virus.