WHO responds to Johnson on data on more deadly British strain




The high mortality rate of patients infected with the British strain of coronavirus may be due to an overload of the healthcare system. This is how the expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria van Kerkhove responded to the statement of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The briefing is available on Twitter.

She clarified that since the new mutation of the pathogen is more infectious, the number of cases is increasing. This in turn leads to the fact that more people require treatment in hospital and intensive care units. “Accordingly, health systems are overloaded, and because of this, mortality increases,” — said the WHO specialist.

In this regard, van Kerkhove recalled that it is necessary to do everything possible to stop the transmission of the virus, regardless of its variants.

Earlier, the British head of government informed that a new mutation of the virus, which was first identified in London and southeast England, may cause higher mortality.


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