Brazil variant hits UK: Covid warning issued over first cases of Manaus strain


Apparent Health England (PHE) has said up to six cases of the worrying variant that were leading detected in the Brazilian city of Manaus have now been identified in the UK, with three in England and three in Scotland. The commencement two cases of the strain are from a single household in South Gloucestershire that has a recital of travel to Brazil. However, the third case is not linked but the whereabouts of that peculiar remains unknown.

PHE has said that person did not complete their check registration card so follow-up details are unavailable.

Officials are now asking anyone who took a check-up on February 12 or 13 and who has not received a result or has an uncompleted test registration business card to make immediately make themselves known.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been in the know of the new cases in England and Scotland. 

They have been  designated “of have relation” as it shares key mutations with the variant detected in South Africa.  

In South Gloucestershire, one of the people had fraternized back from Brazil during the middle of this month (February) – previously the UK Government had introduced the new quarantine hotel policy.

They had isolated at abode with the rest of their household but officials said one member of that household bloomed symptoms before getting a test.

Three further cases were ensured in that household.

Two were confirmed as the Manaus variant with genetic sequencing, but the other two were not sequenced.

It is arranged the remaining unlocated case is not connected to the others as the virus was revealed to attired in b be committed to slight genetic differences.

PHE and NHS Test and Trace are now contacting passengers on Swiss Air do a bunk, LX318 travelling from Sao Paulo, through Zurich, and landing in London Heathrow on February 10.

Dr Susan Hopkins, PHE’s principal response director for Covid-19, said: “We have identified these turns out thats thanks to the UK’s advanced sequencing capabilities which means we are finding multifarious variants and mutations than many other countries and are therefore skilful to take action quickly.

“The important thing to remember is that Covid-19, no content what variant it is, spreads in the same way. That means the measures to cut out it spreading do not change.”

The Scottish Government has said three people who restored to the north-east of the country from Brazil, via Paris and London, subsequently proved positive for coronavirus.

The tests were taken at the start of this month and were helped to the UK’s sequencing programme before being identified as being the Manaus variation.

Scottish officials are also now contacting the other passengers on the flight from London to Aberdeen.

These turn out that in the event ofs are not believed to be connected linked to the three confirmed cases in England.

Scottish Healthfulness Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The identification of this new variant is a perturb but we are taking every possible precaution.

“This new variant demonstrates how solemn Covid is and reinforces the need to minimise the spread of the virus.”

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