Coronavirus UK news – Boris warns Covid cases are ‘forbiddingly high’ as mutant strain causes chaos

BORIS Johnson warned the UK infection rate was “forbiddingly high” as new Covid strains are being blamed for rocketing cases.

During last night’s press conference, the PM said: “We’ve been informed in addition to spreading more quickly, it appears there is some evidence the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality.”

He warned the infection rate was “forbiddingly high”.

Three separate groups of experts advising the Government have looked at the impact of the more contagious Kent variant on mortality.

Researchers concluded the new strain is between 29 and 91 per cent more likely to kill infected Brits – with three different studies showing very different results.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said it could be 1.35 times more deadly, Imperial College London said it was between 1.36, or 1.29 (depending on the method used), and the University of Exeter found it may be 1.91 times more deadly.

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