Well being authorities within the UK have confirmed that six circumstances of the ‘P1’ COVID-19 variant, first recognized in Brazil, have been present in England and Scotland.
Three of the circumstances have been present in England, with the opposite three positioned in Scotland. Two of the three English circumstances had a historical past of journey to Brazil however the third did not – and hasn’t but been recognized.
The thriller sufferer did not fill of their take a look at registration card, which means particulars of their whereabouts are unavailable.
Authorities are actually attempting to trace down the person in query and have additionally contacted different passengers on the identical flights of those that have examined constructive for the brand new variant.
The P1 variant was initially recognized within the northern Brazilian metropolis of Manaus and is believed to unfold extra quickly than different types of the virus.
“The identification of this new variant is a priority however we’re taking each doable precaution,” stated Scottish Well being Secretary Jeane Freeman.
“Now we have recognized these circumstances due to our use of superior sequencing capabilities which implies we’re discovering extra variants and mutations than many different international locations and are subsequently capable of take motion shortly.”
The P1 variant shares similarities with the B.1.351 variant first recognized in South Africa, and analysis has proven that vaccines may very well be much less efficient towards it.