The Brazilian variant of coronavirus has been discovered in the UK with up to six confirmed cases – and health officials have no idea where one of the carriers is. An urgent alert was issued tonight to find the missing person thought to be infected with the P.1 variant – first seen in the city of Manaus – after a positive Covid test in England, processed on February 14, came back without a name on it. The person did not fill in their test registration card and there are fears they could be passing on the mutant strain, which may spread more rapidly and may respond less well to existing vaccines. Two cases were found in the same household in South Gloucestershire, with one flying from Sao Paulo to London via Zurich. Surge testing was due to begin in five postcodes on Monday morning. Three were Scottish residents who flew from Brazil to Paris and then on to London and Aberdeen. Passengers who travelled with the infected Brits – days before quarantine hotels were set up – are being told to get tested. The mystery case is not believed to be linked to the carriers in South Gloucestershire or Scotland… Read full this story
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