Two people in Singapore who came back from the UK have been preliminarily tested to have a new Covid-19 strain that is circulating there, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

One of the people that initially tested positive for the potentially more contagious virus strain is a Singapore Airlines Ltd. pilot, who traveled to the UK for work from Dec. 19 to 22. While his test taken on Dec. 23 came back negative, he developed a fever three days later and was confirmed to have Covid-19 on Dec. 29.

The second case is a work pass holder who arrived from the UK on Dec. 7. He ended his 14-day quarantine on Dec. 21 after testing negative on Dec. 17. He later developed body aches and was tested positive for the virus on Dec. 29.

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