More deaths likely due to new strains of coronavirus: Study

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Image: (Representational picture)
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New Delhi : The new strain of coronavirus which has been spotted in the UK is more dangerous and contagious, which may lead to more deaths and hospitalization in 2021, said a study by the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In the study, it has been revealed that the new strain is 56 per cent more transmissible than the original coronavirus.

It also stated that the measures taken by the UK to control the spread of new strain in the country will remain ineffective unless schools and universities are also closed.

Moreover, the study suggested that the vaccination may need to be accelerated to combat the spread of the new COVID strain.

Earlier, the UK government was seen claiming that the situation is 'out of control' in the nation due to the new strain of coronavirus.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new rules at a briefing from 10 Downing Street on Saturday (December 19) evening, which means a planned five-day Christmas bubble of relaxed rules has been cancelled in favour of a new Tier 4 level to the current three-tier lockdown system to try and control the surge in infections being caused by the new mutation of the deadly virus.

"It seems that the spread is now being driven by the new variant of the virus," Johnson said.