16 cases of another new variant of Covid have been identified in the UK.
The cases are in locations across the UK, Public Health England said when the existence of the new variant was announced by officials.
According to reports, each of the 16 people who tested positive were tracked down along with their contacts and asked to isolate themselves.
The information was released on today the list of examined variants of the government.
This categorization by Public Health England means she is now on her watchlist, although she is not yet immediately concerned.
It comes as a surge test triggered after cases of the South African variant were discovered in the North Wembley area of Brent in north London and in the TS19 postcode area in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham.
The new mutation shares features in common with the Brazil and South Africa variants that can help the virus evade immunity to vaccinations or previous infections. the BBC reports.
The cases were first spotted on February 15, and the BBC reports that experts believe they came from the UK.
Britain now has eight variants on its watchlist.