UK health minister says new COVID variant makes it harder to lift lockdown

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Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday a new more infectious coronavirus variant means the government needs to be more cautious in lifting lockdown restrictions.

The government said on Friday that the new variant may be 30% more deadly than the original strain.

“There is no question the new variant made this fight a whole lot tougher,” Hancock told a press conference. “The critical message is we must be cautious. For all of us, our response must be extra careful.”

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