Surge testing will take place from Monday after cases of the Brazil COVID-19 "variant of concern" were found in England and Scotland. The variant is the latest to be detected in the UK as the government hopes to reduce transmission through lockdown measures and the vaccine roll-out. Sky News takes a look at where the new variant was found, whether it is more transmissible than other strains, and if vaccines will work to stop infection. What is the Brazil 'variant of concern'? The variant, called P1, is a branch of the B.1.1.28 lineage that was first detected in Japanese travellers who had visited Brazil, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said. Advertisement It has three mutations in its spike protein receptor binding domain. It was designated "of concern" as it shares some important mutations with the variant first identified in South Africa. More from UK COVID-19: New Brazil COVID 'variant of concern' discovered … [Read more...] about Brazil COVID variant: Where in the UK was it found, is it more deadly and do vaccines work against it?
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A couple and a child had to be rescued after they set up camp on the edge of a cliff in breach of coronavirus restrictions, the coastguard said. Teams from Staithes and Whitby Coastguard were called to reports of two adults and a child camping on a cliff edge in the North York Moors on Saturday. They found the family inside a tent on the Cleveland Way stretch of coastline and gave them "safety advice due to the dangerous location of their tent". North Yorkshire Police was also called because the family had breached COVID-19 restrictions by travelling there, the coastguard said. It is not clear if they were given a fine. But "especially with recent landslips", they were warned the location was unsafe. Advertisement A Staithes Coastguard spokesperson said: "Today's call was to attend a section of the Cleveland Way to issue safety advice to two adults and a child camping on the cliff edge. "An officer from North Yorkshire Police also … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Couple and child rescued after camping on cliff edge in coronavirus breach
The Brazil COVID-19 "variant of concern" first detected in the city of Manaus has been discovered in the UK. Three cases of the new variant, known as P1, have been found in South Gloucestershire , Public Health England said on Sunday. The other three were detected in Scotland , but are not linked to the England cases, according to the Scottish government. What we know about the Brazil variant Two of the cases in England come from a household in South Gloucestershire, where one person returned from Brazil in mid-February, before the new hotel quarantine measures were introduced. The third case is unlinked and the whereabouts of the individual unknown, as the person did not complete their test registration card, PHE said. Advertisement Scotland's three variant cases have been identified in the Grampian region after three people flew from Brazil to Aberdeen via Paris and London earlier this month. All the other … [Read more...] about COVID-19: New Brazil COVID ‘variant of concern’ discovered in UK, health officials say