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The Kent variant is no more deadly than the original strain of Covid, research by Public Health England suggests. 

A study which matched 2,800 cases of the new variant – now the most dominant across the UK – against the original version, found there was no significant difference in mortality.

In January, the Prime Minister said the mutation, which had emerged in Kent late last year, could be 30 per cent more deadly than the original variant, as he faced questions about how long lockdown might last.

The findings were released at a Downing Street press conference, prompting accusations that it was “science by press release” without officials were in a position to brief scientists about it. 

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