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Merkel says British coronavirus variant more dangerous to children

German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts her protective face mask on during a plenum session of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

BERLIN (Reuters) - A variant of the coronavirus first detected in Britain, and now spreading in Germany, is more dangerous to young people, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

“The British mutant, and this is the difference with the spring, is proven to be more dangerous in children and young people so we need to put the protection of schools more front and centre than with the original virus,” she told lawmakers.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Thomas Escritt; Editing by Madeline Chambers