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Brazil COVID variant: Zahawi grilled over quarantine measures
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Dan Walker quizzed Nadhim Zahawi on whether the UK public should be concerned about the Brazil coronavirus variant after it was confirmed health officials are trying to trace one person in England who has been infected with the variant. The patient did not complete a test registration form so remains unidentified. BBC Breakfast’s Walker ripped into the parliament under-secretary for Covid vaccine deployment as he suggested bringing in stricter quarantine measures earlier could have prevented this crisis.
Walker remarked: “One thing we do know is, in terms of the current quarantine system I wonder if you’re scratching your head over why it took two weeks from when it was announced on the fifth of February for it to come in on the 15th.
“We understand that people from South Gloucestershire they arrived back on the 10th of February so before the quarantine came into measure.
“If we throw another date in there SAGE was suggesting we should quarantine from the 21st of January.
“I know it’s easy from my prospective to judge these things from hindsight but surely those measures if they came in earlier we wouldn’t be in this position.”
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