Coronavirus UK news – New covid strain MORE deadly than original, Boris reveals, as current lockdown branded a failure

THE new strain of coronavirus is more deadly than the original, new data has revealed.

At a press conference this evening, Boris Johnson said the variant could kill up to a third more people – although at this stage it wasn’t clear why that is.

It comes as the national lockdown was blasted after a new study showed one million people caught the virus last week alone.

A staggering one in 55 people in the UK contracted the disease between 10 and 16 January, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The chilling figure has cast the success of the second national lockdown into doubt as it is clearly failing to trigger the kind of dip in infections that the first lockdown led to last summer – possibly due to the new variant.

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