The Prime Minister did not announce a travel ban from the country, but promised border controls were enough to stop infections from abroad

Britain is “taking steps” to keep out cases of a variant of coronavirus discovered in Brazil, the Prime Minister

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Speaking to Liaison Committee MPs, Boris Johnson said he was “concerned” about the variant, adding, “I think it’s fair to say we still have many questions”

“We already have tough measures to protect this country from new infections from abroad,” he said

The Prime Minister did not announce a travel ban from the South American country, but instead promised that British border controls would be enough to stop infections from abroad

The new variant in Brazil differs from the one in the UK and South Africa, which in some cases has led to an increase

Britain has already banned direct flights from South Africa to limit the spread of the contagious variant

During the committee hearing, MP Yvette Cooper asked the Prime Minister why it was still possible to get direct flights from Brazil to the UK

Mr Johnson replied that the government was “taking steps to ensure we don’t see the new variant being imported,” but did not elaborate

On Sunday, the Japanese Ministry of Health announced that it had discovered a new variant of the coronavirus in four travelers who had come to the country from the Brazilian state of Amazonas

Takaji Wakita, director of Japan’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases, said there was “no evidence” that the variant found in Brazil was more transmissible

Of the four travelers who died on Jan. Arriving in Tokyo on January 1st, a man in his forties had difficulty breathing, a woman in her thirties had a headache and sore throat, and a teenage man had a fever. A teenage girl showed no symptoms, the Department of Health said

Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Vaccine Development, said a new COVID-19 jab could be made in as little as 30 to 40 days if a variant of the virus is found to be less responsive to those available

He notified the Commons Science and Technology Committee that action has been taken to get the “next iteration” of bursts if necessary

There is currently no evidence that the introduced vaccines against coronavirus variants are ineffective

From Friday, people traveling to England from abroad will have to prove 72 hours prior to departure that they have had a negative coronavirus test

Last week it was reported that the same rule would go into effect in Wales and Scotland, although no date has yet been confirmed for these nations

Previously, the Prime Minister had informed the Commons that the COVID-19 vaccination centers would be set up around the clock “as soon as possible”

He also said the recent coronavirus restrictions are “showing signs of having some effect” – but refused to rule out any more stringent measures

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