New Covid variant found in UK from South Africa - please follow guidance

A second new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in the UK having first been discovered in South Africa...

Published: Wednesday, 23rd December 2020 Coronavirus

Anyone who has travelled to South Africa in the past fortnight, and anyone they have been in contact with, must quarantine immediately. The UK has detected cases of another more transmissible variant of coronavirus.

The cases involve people who had travelled to South Africa, where the variant has been linked to a surge in cases. Travel restrictions with South Africa have been imposed.

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South Africa is undergoing a second wave of COVID-19. Most new cases are caused by a new variant of COVID-19. The South African authorities have said that the new variant may be more contagious. Details on COVID-19 case numbers and current regulations are available at

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