One of two variants discovered in Brazil has been detected in the UK, a leading virologist has said, reports the BBC.
Professor Wendy Barclay, head of G2P-UK National Virology Consortium, a new project set up to study the effects of emerging coronavirus mutations, said: "There are two different types of Brazilian variants and one of them has been detected and one of them has not."
"In the databases, if you search the sequences, you will see that there is some some evidence for variants from around the world, and I believe including the Brazilian one, which probably was introduced some time ago.
"And that will be being traced very carefully."
It comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps earlier said the Brazilian variant of coronavirus was not in the UK "as far as we are aware".