Philippines linked variant.

Cases of the new variant have been found in England, said PHE (Picture: Rex/Getty)

Two cases of a new variant first reported in the Philippines have been detected in England, health officials have announced.

Public Health England (PHE) said the new strain has been listed as a variant under investigation (VUI).

The Philippines first reported the new variant on March 9 after detecting 33 cases.

PHE added in a statement: ‘The variant includes a number of notable mutations including E484K and N501Y, which are found in several other variants of concern.

‘Public Health England has identified two cases of this variant in England. One of the cases is linked with international travel and the other is currently under investigation.

‘All appropriate public health interventions are being undertaken.’

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