UK finds 77 infected with mutant South African virus

World | 24 Jan 2021 11:27 pm

The UK has identified 77 infections of the coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, the health secretary has said, the BBC reports.

Patients are linked to travelers arriving in the UK, rather than community transmission, Matt Hancock added.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr cases were under "very close" observation and enhanced contact tracing was under way.

Ministers are due to meet on Monday to consider imposing tougher restrictions on people arriving from abroad.

Scientists have said there is a chance the South African variant may harm the effectiveness of current vaccines.

 



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