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U.K. Warns More Deadly Strain Makes Lifting Lockdown Harder

  • Johnson said rates of infection were still ‘too high’
  • Prime minister and medical advisers put focus on compliance
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 22.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 22.

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The U.K.’s new strain of coronavirus may be more deadly than first thought, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, as he warned again that the country faces a long wait before it can emerge from lockdown.

Speaking at a news conference Friday in London, the premier said new evidence had led the government to revise its initial view that the variant was more contagious but not more dangerous. It may be 30% more deadly than the original strain - or more, a government analysis found.