However, according to Sir Patrick, the relative risk increases with age.
The Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor said it appears that among those in their 60s who test positive for COVID-19, 13 or 14 people in 1,000 would die compared to 10 in 1,000 in previous variants.
He qualified his comment by stressing the evidence is not conclusive at this stage.
Sir Patrick added that the variant “will be susceptible to the vaccines”.
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