Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the technical group of the Emergency Diseases Unit of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the increased death rate of the “British” strain of coronavirus may be associated with an overload of the healthcare system.
According to RIA News, according to Kerkhove, with the increasing number of infected people, the number of hospitalizations increased, and this led to the fact that UK medical institutions simply ceased to cope with such a volume of patients.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the “British” strain of coronavirus more deadly. According to him, in the event of a disease with the standard version of the coronavirus, out of a thousand infected, about 10 people die, and when infected with a new strain – 13-14.
The Ministry of Health of the country announced on December 14 about a new variant of the coronavirus detected in the UK. According to British scientists, the new strain affects children more and is now the main one acting in the United Kingdom.
Earlier it became known that scientists from the University of Queens and the University of British Columbia in Canada have developed a device for assessing the infectivity of various strains of coronavirus.