Covid UK news LIVE – Panic over scary Brazil coronavirus variant as flights from Portugal and South America are BANNED

A TERRIFYING new Brazilian covid strain is causing such alarm that planes from Portugal and South America are now banned from the UK.

Government scientists say the Brazilian variant – known as mutation 194 – is similar to the highly contagious South African strain.

There are serious concerns not only over how infectious the strain is, but also that it may be such a significant mutation from the original coronavirus strain that vaccines may be less effective or not work at all.

The flight ban will come into effect from tomorrow morning, meaning anyone will be unable to fly direct from the dozen nations to the UK – but the USA will be spared.

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