Hunt for mystery person infected with Brazil variant narrows to 379 households

March 02, 2021

The hunt for an unidentified person who tested positive for the Brazil variant of coronavirus has narrowed to 379 households in southeast England, the health secretary has said.

In total, six cases of the P1 coronavirus variant first found in Brazil have been found in the UK.

One has still yet to be identified after the individual failed to complete their test registration card.

But Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Tuesday that officials had now "identified the batch of home test kits in question".

He added: "Our search has narrowed from the whole country down to 379 households in the southeast of England and we're contacting each one.

"We're grateful that a number of potential cases have come forward following the call that we have put out over the weekend."

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