By Matthew Roscoe • 05 March 2021 • 17:45
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UK: Mystery Person Suspected of Having the Brazil Covid Variant is Finally Found.
THE five-day nationwide hunt for the mystery person infected with the Covid variant, first found in Brazil, is said to be finally over, according to reports.
The hunt was launched after the news that six people in the UK had been infected with the highly infectious strain of the P.1 variant but one of the cases was still unknown.
According to reports, public health officials have found the person and traced their contacts. At the time, Public Health England (PHE) said the person did not complete their test registration card, so their contact details were missing.
On Sunday, February 28, six cases of a NEW mutant Brazilian strain of Covid, that may be more contagious, were found in the UK for the first time. Public Health England confirmed the Manaus P1 variant was discovered in three people in England and three in Scotland.
Speaking about the Brazilian variant and the missing person suspected of having it, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News on March 1: “In terms of its profile this P1 variant is much closer to the South African variant which we’ve been dealing with now for several weeks by surge testing, genome sequencing, and isolation.
“This is a variant of concern. It’s very similar in terms of its mutations to the South African variant so it is concerning.
“There is one case who the individual didn’t fill in their test card details so we can contact them. They probably got a home kit or a test kit from their local authority.
“What we’re asking today is if anyone had a test on February 12 or 13 to contact NHS 119 so we make sure we identify that individual.”
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