The so-called 'Patient X' was tracked down to a residence in Croydon, south London, on Wednesday after a team of 40 public health officials combed the records of thousands of home test kits
Health Secretary says individual tracked down in Croydon after health officials combed records of thousands of home test kits
The so-called "Patient X" was tracked down to a residence in Croydon, south London, on Wednesday after a team of 40 public health officials combed the records of thousands of home test kits.The individual is believed to have completed the mandatory quarantine after arriving in the UK and is not thought to have passed on the virus. However, in the interests of caution intensified testing and genetic sequencing are being ramped up in the neighbourhood.
Scientists say the Brazilian P1 variant appears to be more contagious and there are concerns that Covid vaccines may not be as effective against it.Mr Hancock told a Downing Street news briefing: "Using the latest technology, and with the dogged determination of our Testing and Tracing scheme, we have successfully identified the person in question.
"The best evidence is that this person stayed at home and there is no evidence of onward transmission, but as a precaution we are putting more testing in in Croydon, where they live, to minimise the possibility of spread."Six cases of the P1 variant, first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus, have been found – three in Scotland and three in England. A public appeal was made for one of those people in England to come forward after they took a test in February but left no contact details. headtopics.com
Earlier this week, Mr Hancock said the hunt for the infected person had been narrowed down to 379 households in the south-east of England.The three cases in Scotland were all oil workers returning to their families from Brazil, via Paris and London. Health officials have been trying to trace all the passengers who were on their flight from Heathrow to Aberdeen.
In England, two of the cases are from the same household in South Gloucestershire, who tested positive after someone had returned from Brazil on Feb 10.It came as Public Health England revealed that it is monitoring a new "variant under investigation", known as VUI-202102/04, 16 cases of which have been found through genetic sequencing.Read more: The Telegraph »
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They didn’t track him down though, did they? He called 111 and told them who he was.