England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has said that there are two cases of another new Covid-19 variant in the UK.
Both are contacts of cases who have traveled from South Africa.
“We are incredibly grateful to the South African government for their science,” he says.
“This virus is yet more transmissible and appears to have mutated further than the new virus.”
He says the UK is quarantining new cases, and placing restrictions on travel from South Africa.
Anyone who has been in South Africa in the past fortnight and anyone who is a close contact of someone who has been in South Africa in the last fortnight must quarantine immediately, he says.