The UK’s first cases of the Brazil variant of coronavirus have been detected, with up to six people infected with the mutant strain. An urgent search was launched to find one of the six as officials have no idea who they are or where they live. That’s because that person didn’t fill in their test registration card. The P.1 variant is one of four variants of concern, and measures were brought in to prevent it from being brought into the country. However, they were too late, as a handful of travellers, who returned despite a ban on direct flights and days before quarantine hotels were brought in, have now tested positive for the variant, which may spread more rapidly and may respond less well to existing vaccines. Get the day’s biggest stories delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for the Mirror newsletter here. The Brazil variant was first detected in the city of Manaus in December. It has been in the UK for a few weeks, UK health officials confirmed on Sunday. Here is what we know so far. Why is it such a concern? Experts detected the new variant, which contains a unique constellation of lineage defining mutations,… Read full this story
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