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Health and postal services seeking person with Brazil Covid variant, says Zahawi

Vaccines minister asked those who took a test between 12 and 13 February and have not received a result to come forward

Public Health England is working with the postal service to try to locate an unidentified person with the new Brazilian variant of coronavirus, as the vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, defended the government’s quarantine policy.

The person is understood to have taken a home test, or a test kit provided to them by their local authority, between 12 and 13 February, but did not fill in their contact details.

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