By News Desk  @bactiman63

Today, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said in a press conference on coronavirus that the new COVID-19 variant may be more deadly than previously thought:

“I must tell you this afternoon that we have been informed today that, in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant – the variant that was first identified in London and the South East – may be associated with a higher degree of mortality”.

Johnson went on to say that all current evidence continues to show that both the vaccines currently in use remain effective both against the old variant and this new variant.

5.4 million people across the UK have now received their first dose of the vaccine and over the last 24 hours we can report a record 400,000 vaccinations.

In England one in ten of all adults have received their first dose, including 71 per cent of over-80s and two thirds of elderly care home residents.