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ACT records first cases of mutant strain

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The ACT has recorded its first cases of the more contagious South African COVID-19 strain in two returned travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

Health authorities confirmed the active cases on Thursday, saying the men, one aged in his 40s and another aged under 20, had tested negative before travelling to Singapore so likely contracted the virus while in transit from overseas to the ACT.

On Saturday, they said genome sequencing showed both travellers had been infected with the South African variant but were well and had been moved to a…



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