Urgent alert issued as six Covid cases of mutant Brazil variant found in UK

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Six cases of the mutant Brazilian coronavirus variant have been identified in the UK.

The P1 variant – first seen in the city of Manaus – was found in a Covid test without a name on it.

Half of the cases have been recorded in England and the other three in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed.

The infections of P1 on either side of the border are thought to be unrelated to each other.

Public Health England has reported that two of the three cases in England have been found in the same South Gloucestershire
which has a history of travel to Brazil. The third is currently unlinked.

The PHE Health Protection Team "rapidly" responded to the cases in South Gloucestershire and their contacts have been identified and retested.

One case that had travelled to Brazil has been isolating at home with their household since returning to the UK.

Passengers on board a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil to London Heathrow via Zurich on February 10, are being followed up by PHE and NHS Test and Trace in case they also contracted the P1 variant.

Anyone on board the same Swiss Air flight LX318, has been asked by PHE to call 01174 503 174 to arrange a testing.

travelling from Sao Paulo via Zurich and landing in London Heathrow on 10 February, to provide public health advice and test them and their households. Anyone who returned to the UK at that time should have gone home immediately from the airport and isolated for 10 days.

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