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Up to six cases of the Manaus variant of the coronavirus have been found in the UK



LONDON (Reuters)-British health officials said on Sunday that as many as six cases of highly spreading coronavirus variants first discovered in the Brazilian city of Manaus have been detected for the first time in the UK.

File photo: On January 27, 2021, in London, England, medical staff transferred patients to ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital in the context of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Reuters/Toby Melville

Three cases were found in England and three cases were found in Scotland.

Of the three cases found in England, two were from a family in South Gloucestershire that had a history of traveling to Brazil. Public Health England said there is a third case that has not yet been established and has yet to be determined.

PHE said that people think the Gloucestershire case poses a low risk to the entire community, but as a precaution, officials are taking swift action to test and increase the sequencing of positive coronavirus samples in the area.

The Scottish case has nothing to do with the English case.

PHE said that the P.1

variant found in Manaus has some mutations from the variant first discovered in South Africa, and it may not respond well to the current vaccine.

Susan Hopkins, director of strategic response to PHE COVID-19, said that the UK’s advanced gene sequencing capabilities mean that more mutations and mutations have been discovered in the UK compared to many other countries.

At the end of last year, the United Kingdom discovered a more easily spreading variant of the coronavirus, which is believed to have originated near London, leading to a sharp increase in cases in the country and elsewhere.

“The important thing to remember is that no matter what variant of COVID-19 is, it spreads in the same way. This means that measures to stop its spread will not change.” Hopkins said.

PHE and the test and tracking officer system are following up on all Swissair flights LX318 from Sao Paulo to London via Zurich, which landed at London Heathrow Airport on February 10 to test them and their families.

Among those who returned to the country via Paris and London and self-isolated within the required 10-day period, all three cases in Scotland were found.

The Scottish government said: “Because of possible concerns about this deformation, it is in contact with the other passengers on the three people’s flight from London to Aberdeen.”

Written by William Schomberg; Edited by Jane Merriman and Frances Kerry


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