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What did we learn from today’s press conference?

Friday’s coronavirus briefing was led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He was joined by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.

Here’s what they told us:

There is some evidence that the new variant of the virus is associated with higher mortality, as well as being more infectious
For an average man in his 60s, the risk of dying with the original virus is 10 in 1,000 cases. Evidence suggests the risk with the new variant is 13 or 14 deaths in 1,000 cases, but this is uncertain
The number of people in hospital with Covid is 78% higher than it was in the first peak in April
Vaccines appear to be effective against the UK variant, but there is concern about their effectiveness against variants from South Africa and Brazil
At the moment, people who have had a vaccine must stick to social distancing rules. The vaccine prevents severe disease but may not prevent people catching and spreading the virus – especially as there is a lot of virus in the community

Restrictions will not be lifted until infections have fallen, but there are no plans to tighten them

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