UK detects South African COVID-19 strain in people with no travel links

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Two people in southern England have tested positive for the South African variant of the coronavirus without having any links to people who have travelled recently, prompting a step-up in testing in that area.

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Residents in parts of Surrey, to the south west of London, will now be tested whether they are showing any symptoms or not.

“This follows notification that a specific variant of COVID-19 has been identified from two positive tests in the area, in residents who have no links to travel or previous variant cases,” the local council said.

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