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BMJ: B.1.1.7 “in addition to being more transmissible, seems to be more lethal”

B.1.1.7, Coronavirus, Health, Infection, Mutation, Science, Transmission, UK, Vaccine, Variants

Results The mortality hazard ratio associated with infection with VOC-202012/1 compared with infection with previously circulating variants was 1.64 (95% confidence interval 1.32 to 2.04) in patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in the community. In this comparatively low risk group, this represents an increase in deaths from 2.5 to 4.1 per 1000 detected cases.

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