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  • The spokesperson mentioned that it’s not potential to establish which sort of coronavirus an individual has contracted with out conducting the gene sequencing.
  • The brand new variant is alleged to be as much as 70% extra transmissible than the beforehand dominant pressure within the UK.
  • Pakistan’s first three circumstances of the brand new coronavirus pressure have been detected in Karachi earlier this week

The brand new coronavirus variant that was found within the UK a couple of weeks in the past, has not been reported in any affected person in Punjab but, confirmed the Major and Secondary Well being Care Punjab on Sunday.

The brand new pressure, referred to by some specialists because the B.1.17 lineage, will not be the primary variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s mentioned to be as much as 70% extra transmissible than the beforehand dominant pressure.

The well being division’s spokesperson defined that samples of passengers arriving from the UK are despatched for gene sequencing to detect the presence of the brand new variant. Nevertheless, a lady who examined optimistic for the coronavirus didn’t endure gene sequencing.

“It is not possible to declare which type of coronavirus [a patient has been infected with] without gene sequencing,” the spokesperson mentioned. “It isn’t necessary that these people — who were affected by the coronavirus in UK and returned to Pakistan — are infected with the new strain of the virus.” 

Learn extra: 3 circumstances of extra infectious ‘UK pressure’ of coronavirus detected in Sindh

The presence of recent coronavirus in Punjab will solely be confirmed after gene sequencing, the official reiterated.

Pakistan’s first three circumstances of the brand new coronavirus pressure have been detected within the port metropolis of Karachi earlier this week, on Tuesday.

Learn extra: 2 UK returned passengers take a look at optimistic for coronavirus in KP

In a press release, the Sindh Well being Division had mentioned the brand new COVID-19 variant has been recognized in samples taken from three passengers who just lately returned from Britain.

The well being division mentioned it took samples of 12 UK returnees for genotyping out of which six examined optimistic for the coronavirus. “Three showed the new variant for the COVID-19 in the first phase of testing.”

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