Iran Finds First Case of New Virus Variant in Traveller From U.K.

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Iranian President Hassan Rohani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, Tehran, July 18, 2020
Iranian President Hassan Rohani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, Tehran, July 18, 2020Credit: AP

Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain, in an Iranian who arrived from the UK, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, we found the first case of the mutated British COVID-19 from a dear compatriot who had returned from England, ... and who was admitted to one of our private hospitals," Namaki told state TV. "We did not find any trace of this virus in the patient's relatives."

Oman has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain, in a resident who arrived from the UK, the health ministry said on Tuesday

The resident developed respiratory symptoms in quarantine, despite testing negative before travelling, the ministry said in a statement carried on Oman's state news agency.

Oman reopened its land, air and sea borders on Dec. 29, after a one-week shutdown over the new variant. A negative COVID-19 polymerase test is required for people arriving from abroad at any of Oman's airports.

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