Up to six cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant has been detected in the United Kingdom, health officials said.
Three cases have been detected in England whereas three are detected in Scotland. Two of three cases found in England were from a household in the South Gloucestershire area which had a history of travel to Brazil and the third case is currently unlinked, according to officials. Meanwhile, the three Scottish residents who tested positive had flown to north-east Scotland from Brazil via Paris and London, the Scottish government said.
The P1 variant, also known as the B1128 variant, shares some of the same mutations as the highly transmissible South African variant and was first identified in Manaus, Brazil, in January. It is believed that this strain of the virus will not respond well to the current vaccines.