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British, South African corornavirus mutations detected in Austria

Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vienna

BERLIN (Reuters) – Austria has found four cases of the coronavirus mutation first detected in Britain and one case of the South African mutation, Franz Allerberger of public health agency AGES told a news conference on Monday.

Both Britain and South Africa have discovered new, more infectious variants in the coronavirus in recent weeks that have driven a surge in cases.

Allerberger said the four cases of the UK variant had been found in an Austrian man who arrived from London on Dec. 21, an Austrian 12-year-old girl who travelled from England on Dec. 18, and two Slovak children who are siblings, while the South African variant had been detected in a 30-year-old Austrian woman who returned from vacation in South Africa on Dec. 6.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan, Writing by Silke Kotrowitz, Editing by Michael Shields)

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