Coronavirus UK news – Postcode hunt for South Africa covid variant after Surrey infections found, Matt Hancock reveals

THE terrifying South African strain of coronavirus has been detected in Surrey sparking fears on a community outbreak.

Two locals with no travel links to South Africa have tested positive for the mutation, named 501YV2, which is feared to be 50 per cent more contagious than the original strain and could resist vaccines.

At a press conference this evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced there would be a door-to-door hunt for cases in numerous UK postcodes to stop the mutant strain becoming a major outbreak.

People living in the following postcodes must stay indoors and get a coronavirus test as soon as possible: Ealing (W7) Haringey (N17) Croydon (CR4), Walsall (WS2), Maidstone (ME15), Woking (GU21), Broxbourne (EN10) and Southport in Preston (PR9).

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