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Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs in the Commons that officials had narrowed the search to 397 households.
He added they were going door to door in a frantic bid to track down the missing case.
Six cases of the mutant variant were discovered in the UK last month with three cases found in Scotland and the others in England.
While two of the England cases were from the same household in south Gloucestershire, the location of the third case was unknown after the paperwork for the Covid test was incomplete.
“Our search has narrowed from the whole country down to 379 households in the South East of England, and we are contacting each one,” Mr Hancock said this afternoon.
There are concerns the Brazil variant, first discovered in the city of Manaus, is less susceptible to the vaccines currently being rollout out across the UK.
Its spread through the country would risk jeopardising the Government’s plan to ease lockdown restrictions over the coming months.
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