Infectious Diseases Physician Peter Collignon says it is still not totally clear whether the UK strain of COVID-19 is actually more contagious or simply that the people who had it were moving around more amid lighter restrictions. “The UK strain might be a bit different, it does appear – at least in England – to be about 70 per cent better at spreading and causing infection,” Mr Collignon told Sky News host Cory Bernardi. “It doesn’t kill people any more or put them in hospital any more.” He said it is “still not totally clear” whether that is because the “people who had it in November and December were moving around more” or because of the “virus itself”. “So far in the US and other places where this strain is, it hasn’t rapidly taken off, although there is a little bit of data from Denmark which suggests it might be moving a bit faster,” he said. “But even that, we’re going to have to wait and see.”


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