Cases have now been reported in Scotland of the “worrisome” new strain of the virus, first identified in Brazil

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Urgent efforts are made to stop the spread of a new mutant strain of coronavirus from Brazil after six cases were recorded in Scotland

After returning to northeast Scotland from Brazil via Paris and London, three Scottish residents entered self-isolation and subsequently tested positive for coronavirus

National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said they were concerned because we do not know how the variant is affected by either the vaccine or the immunity gained from a previous infection

Another three cases of the variant have also been discovered in England, but are not believed to be related to the Scottish cases

Clinical and study data will continue to be evaluated to examine how this new variant may respond to current vaccines used worldwide and in Scotland

The strain of the virus known as the P1 variant was first detected in Japan, but became known as the Brazil variant after it was linked to the second wave in the country

There are also concerns that the Brazilian variant may be more transmissible than other strains of the virus

The tests were completed in early February and handed over to the UK’s Advanced Sequencing Functionality Program, which recognized this new variant

National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch stressed that the concern about the new variant stemmed from what we did not currently know about it

He told the BBC on Monday morning that there is uncertainty about how the variant will be affected by either the vaccine or the immunity gained from previous infection of other variants

Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College, said the Brazilian variant is likely to “break through” antibodies built up by a previous infection

Citing the study of the Brazilian city of Manaus published in The Lancet, he said, “It was expected that there would be a fairly high level of protection there, as analysis of antibodies in blood bank samples showed [Manaus] to be one of them The highest levels of immunity in the world are entering the second wave, maybe more than 70%, and yet they are seeing this tremendous wave of reinfections “

“So if you put two and two together, your assumption is that the new variant breaks these antibodies. But if that hasn’t really been proven, it probably looks like”

When asked if it was impossible to keep the door closed to new variations in the UK, he added: “It’s a really, very, very difficult challenge. The border controls, testing and tracing and containment weren’t our biggest Strength

“We see these variants appear differently around the world, so we suffer just as often from a self-drawn one as we do from an imported one

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Public Health Scotland has identified the variant as a concern and efforts are being made to reduce its possible spread in Scotland and throughout the UK

Health protection teams, including local clinicians, have assessed each case and their contacts and are taking protective measures for this small number of potentially exposed people

The government said that in order to create an extra layer of security, teams are ensuring that people who may have been infected through these first-line contacts are also isolated and tested to ensure that all possible precautions are taken when we learn more about this particular variant

As a “precautionary measure”, samples from passengers on the flight from London to Aberdeen that subsequently tested positive or symptomatic are urgently sequenced to determine whether someone has purchased the new variant

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