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90% of Punjab’s circumstances in final 3 months belonged to UK virus variant: sources

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  • Well being division sources say 90% circumstances in final three months had been of UK variant, and 10% had been of Wuhan variant.
  • Greater than 80,000 circumstances have been recorded within the final three months, sources say.
  • The province has not recorded Brazilian or South African variants, they are saying.

Ninety p.c of the coronavirus circumstances detected in Punjab over the past three months have been of the UK variant of COVID-19, sources within the province’s well being division informed Geo Information on Saturday.

The well being division’s figures present in February, 13,800 circumstances had been reported, in March, 36,600 infections had been detected, and in April, 34,400 circumstances had been registered — taking the constructive circumstances previous 80,000.

The sources stated 90% of the circumstances within the final three months had been of the UK variant, and 10% had been of the Wuhan variant. They stated that the province has not detected the presence of Brazilian or South African variants.

South African, Brazilian variants

Earlier within the day, the Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies, Rules, and Coordination stated the South African and Brazilian variants of coronavirus had been detected within the nation, urging folks to proceed taking precautions and register for a vaccine.

It stated that the well being authorities and the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre are usually monitoring COVID-19 variants of concern.

“As a result of this proactive effort, one sample of the SARS-COV-2; B.1.351 (“South African” variant) and one sample of SARS-COV-2; P1 (“Brazil”) variant have been detected at the National Institute of Health through genome sequencing.”

Based on officers of the Nationwide Institute of Well being, the B.1.351 variant was detected in a pattern taken from a person belonging to Mianwali whereas the P1 virus was recognized from an individual whose take a look at was performed at Islamabad’s Poly Clinic.

The NIH officers maintained that these strains unfold at a quick tempo and it’s untimely to say something concerning the vaccine efficacy in opposition to these variants.

“The authorities are actively engaged in contact tracing of these positive cases,” the ministry added.

No matter which variants have been detected, the SOPs really useful globally proceed to be our first line of defence in opposition to the coronavirus, it added.

“Please ensure that you wear a mask, practise social distancing, and do not leave your home unnecessarily.”

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