Manchester news Six cases of Brazilian covid strain have been found in UK - health officials have no idea where one of the carriers is Manchester united news
PremierLeague-News.Com - An urgent alert has been issued to find the person infected with the P.1 variant after a positive test came back without a name on it
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Six confirmed cases of the Brazilian variant of coronavirus have been discovered in the UK. But health officials don't know where one of the carriers is. On Sunday an urgent alert was issued to find the person infected with the P.1 variant - first seen in the city of Manaus - after a positive Covid test in England came back without a name on it, the Mirror reports. There are fears the person, who didn't fill in their test registration card, could be passing the highly-contagious mutant strain on to others. Three of the cases were Scottish residents who flew from Brazil to London and then on to Aberdeen. Two others were found in the same household in South Gloucestershire in England. One of those people had flown from Sao Paulo to London via Zurich. Read More Related Articles Witnesses describe 'car chase, loud bangs, then police everywhere' after 'shots fired' in city centre Read More Related Articles Fire breaks out in kitchen of popular city centre restaurant Officials are now desperate to identify and isolate the mystery person and have appealed to anyone who took a Covid test on February 12 or 13 and has not received a result, or did not complete their test registration card, to call 119 in England or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland as soon as possible. It is most likely the mystery person took either a home test kit or a ‘test and collect’ service, because drive-in or walk-in test sites have staff on hand to ensure details are filled in. It is understood health officials do not know at all where the test was taken or who took it. They know which laboratory it was processed at but have not disclosed that information. The two cases in South Gloucestershire include a person who travelled from Sao Paulo back to London’s Heathrow Airport, and they and their household isolated when they got home. The patient in South Gloucestershire returned to the UK five days before the long-trailed hotel quarantine policy took force for Brits returning from Brazil. The latest Coronavirus infection rates (Image: MEN Media) Surge door-to-door testing in South Gloucestershire will begin at 9am on Monday to establish whether there are any other cases of the variant in the council area. As a precaution, officials are re-testing all household contacts of the cases in South Gloucestershire. Health officials are also following up with people who were on the same flight as the South Gloucestershire patient - Swiss Air LX318 which travelled via Zurich on February 10. People who were on the Swiss Air flight, and their household contacts, are being asked take a test even at this late stage because they could have residual virus that can be detected. If you were on that flight and have not yet been contacted, please call 0117 4503174 to arrange a test for both yourself and your entire household. Public Health England said “up to” six cases had been found and that the sixth suspected case, without a name, currently has no known connection to other two in England. The person who took the unknown test did not fill in their test registration card, so researchers are only able to see a barcode without the accompanying personal details. The cases in England were detected on Friday through routine sequencing of the virus. It is thought Public Health England have sequenced 25% of cases in the most recent full week. Door-to-door surge testing will begin on Monday in South Gloucestershire (Image: Getty Images) Three cases of the Brazil variant of Covid-19 have been detected in Scotland. Following a return to north-east Scotland from Brazil, three Scottish residents tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus. All three have been self-isolating since their return to Scotland. The tests were completed in early February and passed to the UK's advanced sequencing capabilities programme - which detected this new variant.
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. These three cases are not connected to three cases also identified in England.
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Health protection teams, including local clinicians, have assessed each case and their contacts and are arranging protective measures for this small number of potentially exposed individuals. To provide an extra layer of safety, teams are ensuring people who could have been infected by these first line contacts are also isolated and tested. This is to ensure all possible precautions are taken as experts learn more about this particular variant. Clinical and trial data continues to be assessed to examine how the new variant may respond to current Covid-19 vaccines. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: "The identification of this new variant is a concern but we are taking every possible precaution. "We have identified these cases thanks to our use of advanced sequencing capabilities which means we are finding more variants and mutations than many other countries and are therefore able to take action quickly.
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"This new variant demonstrates how serious Covid is and reinforces the need to minimise the spread of the virus. "We would encourage everyone across the country to adhere to the necessary public health restrictions by staying at home except for essential purposes as this is the single best way of staying safe and stopping the spread of this virus. "It is now also illegal for anyone to travel to or from Scotland unless it is for an essential reason. "The Covid vaccination programme is one of three key ways we are working to beat this virus, along with our expanded testing programme to identify cases and break chains of transmission, and the important lockdown restrictions everyone in Scotland must follow. "These three strands - following expert advice and guidance to suppress the virus, using our expanded testing programme to identify cases and break chains of transmission and rolling out vaccination as fast as supplies allow - are the three critical actions that will see us move, step by step, to protect the public, save lives and a brighter year ahead." Why is there so much concern about the Brazil variant? P.1 has been deemed a ‘variant of concern’ because it shares important mutations with the South Africa (B.1.351) variant - including E484K and N501Y. Scientists believe it may respond less well to the vaccine, though there is no data on this yet. It is also possible it may spread more easily than other variants of coronavirus. While the South African variant and the separate P2 variant had previously been seen in the UK, these six cases are the first time the P1 variant has been detected in this country.
Earlier, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show there is no evidence of newly discovered coronavirus variants spreading after concerns that case rates are rising in one in five areas of England. He added: "That's not what I've seen in any of the data." Pressed if there was any evidence of more new variants, he said: "No."
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