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UK coronavirus deaths rise by 215 with more than 33,000 new cases


he UK has recorded a further 215 coronavirus deaths with more than 33,000 new confirmed cases of the virus.

This has brought the country’s official death toll to 67,616.

The Government added that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 33,364 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It comes as there is an indication that the new variant of coronavirus infected more children, a scientist on the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats advisory group (NervTag) has said.

Speaking at the NervTag Q&A briefing on the new variant, hosted by Science Media Centre, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said there was strong evidence the new mutant strain is 50% more transmissible than the previous virus.

He added: “We will need to gather more data to see how it behaves going forward.

“There are other epidemiologically interesting trends with virus, there is a hint that it has a higher propensity to infect children … but we haven’t established any sort of causality on that, but we can see that in the data.”

Professor Wendy Barclay, of Imperial College London, told the NervTag briefing that the new strain left carriers with a higher level of virus in their swabs.

“People infected with this variant tend to have higher levels of virus in their swabs”, she said.

She added: “There is no evidence as yet to suggest any difference in the disease caused in people infected by this virus compared with the other variants around at the moment.”

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