LONDON – Health officials in Britain have identified six cases of a highly contagious strain of coronavirus first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus – including one in a person who has not been found.
Scientists say the variant is more transmissible and may be more resistant to existing vaccines than the original virus, and may be able to infect people who have previously had COVID-19.
Direct flights from Brazil to the UK have been halted, but the newly identified cases have been linked to people who arrived in the UK from Brazil via other European cities at the beginning of February.
The arrivals came days before the UK imposed a 10 day hotel …
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