BREAKING: UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly than original.

The current COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the UK may be more deadly than the original virus, the Prime Minister has warned.

At the Downing Street news conference on Friday, Boris Johnson said: "There is some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality."

Mr Johnson added: "All current evidence continues to show that the current vaccines remain effective against the old coronavirus variant and this new one."

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