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UK coronavirus variant deadlier but researchers say no need to panic

Nurses work on patients in the intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, where the number of intensive care beds for the critically sick has had to be increased from 60 to 120, the vast majority of which are for coronavirus patients

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It appears the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first identified in the UK is slightly deadlier as well as being more transmissible than older variants. However, thanks to improved treatments, the risk of dying if you get infected could well still be lower than it was during the UK’s first wave of …

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