Pakistan reports first confirmed cases of UK Covid-19 variant

Pakistan reports first confirmed cases of UK Covid-19 variant

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The new UK variant genome of Sars-Cov-2 virus has made its way into various countries including India, Spain etc.

The Health Department of Sindh took 12 COVID-19 samples of UK returnees for Genotyping out of which 6 were positive and 3 disclosed the new variant of the COVID-19 virus in the first phase.

“The genotyping showed 95 per cent match of the new variant from the UK. These samples will go through another phase of genotyping,” said Meeran Yousuf, spokesperson for the Sindh health department. Meanwhile, the contact tracing of these patients is in process and their contacts are being isolated also.

The World Health Organisation tweeted on Saturday that it was “in close contact with UK officials on the new #COVID19 virus variant” and promised to update governments and the public as more is learned.

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