Covid: mystery person with Brazil variant in England traced to Croydon

Previously unknown individual who tested positive for variant located in south London after massive search

A person who tested positive for the Brazilian variant of Covid has been tracked down to Croydon and appears not to have infected anyone else, the health secretary has said. Matt Hancock sought to reassure the public after a week-long search to identify the mystery individual.

The effort took a team of 40 people and was launched in an attempt to prevent the mutation, which is believed to be more transmissible and have greater resistance to vaccines, from spreading.

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