The more transmissible type of corona virus was first identified in Britain that has a “much higher” mortality rate than previous versions of the virus, according to a new study published by the British Medical Journal, in the latest evidence of its more virulent nature. The .7 variant was detected in southeast England in the fall and has since spread to more than 100 countries, with experts saying it is up to 70 percent more contagious than the original strain. The study analyzed mortality rates among people with both B. 1.1.7 and other variables from October 2020 to January 2021, matching patients according to gender, race, location, and timing of their positive test. It found that individuals infected with the more infectious variant were 32 percent to 104 percent more likely to die than those who previously contracted the cyclic variant. “We see no reason why this finding is specific to the United Kingdom,” the study authors wrote. “The worrisome alternative appears to be, in addition to being more transmissible, more lethal.” Of the 54,906 patients with COVID-19 infected with the new variant, 227 people have died. Among the same number of patients with other variants, the researchers counted 141 deaths. “Besides its ability to spread rapidly, this makes B.1.1.7 a threat that should be taken seriously,” Reuters quoted Robert Chale, a researcher at the University of Exeter who co-led the research, said the study confirms early work that points to The most lethal nature of the variable, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement in January and a study released in February indicated that the ratio was between 30 and 70 percent. More deadly: The variable “is associated with an increased risk of hospitalization and death compared to infection” with other forms of the virus, according to the latest study, drawn from multiple databases across the country. Experts believe that the alternative is leading to an increase in the number of infections across Europe, including in places with high infection rates such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.