A variant strain of the coronavirus has so far been detected in 49 positive samples of the virus.

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On Monday, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reports 29 new coronavirus infections caused by a variant strain of the disease. The total is now 49. Of the new cases, 18 have been confirmed with people who have arrived from Great Britain, Ghana, Sweden, South Africa, Bosnia–Herzegovina, Denmark, Turkey and Estonia.

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28 of the new infections have been caused by a British variant and one by a variant from South Africa.

Of all confirmed coronavirus cases caused by a variant, 47 are of British origin, and 2 samples have been detected to originate from South Africa.

At least 55 people who may have been subjected to the variants have been transferred to quarantine.

Air travel from the UK, Ireland and South Africa has been suspended until January 18, 2021.

THL recommends that those who have arrived in Finland from the previously mentioned countries but traveled across the borders with a different route take two coronavirus tests to limit the likelihood of spreading.

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