First confirmed case of new Covid-19 strain detected in Pakistan


Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus variant discovered in the UK after it recognized the strain that spreads at a a lot quicker tempo in three samples taken from passengers who had returned from Britain.

The well being division in Sindh stated the samples of 12 returnees have been taken for genotyping, out of which six examined constructive.

“Samples of 3 UK returnees show a 95 per cent match to the new coronavirus variant from the UK in the first phase of genotyping,” it stated in a tweet.

The well being division stated that the provincial authorities was tracing contacts of these sufferers, and all those that got here in contact with them have been being remoted.

The new variant is taken into account as 70 per cent extra transmissible and has sparked considerations around the globe.

The improvement got here as Pakistan prolonged a ban on the UK flights until January 4. The ban was introduced on December 21. Several nations have closed their borders with the UK and suspended flights amid rising considerations of an “out of control” new variant of coronavirus spreading at a a lot quicker tempo in elements of England.

The new variant is claimed to be 70 per cent extra transmissible, although well being consultants say there is no such thing as a proof that it’s extra lethal or would react in a different way to vaccines.

Meanwhile, 63 extra individuals have died in Pakistan in the final 24 hours, taking the Covid-19 demise toll to 9,992. Another 2,259 sufferers have been in important situations, in accordance with the Ministry of National Health Services.

The complete quantity of Covid-19 infections have reached 475,085 after 1,776 new circumstances have been detected throughout the nation. A complete of 425,494 individuals have recovered, it stated.

The authorities carried out 30,666 checks in the final 24 hours, registering a positivity charge of 5.44 per cent.


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