Pakistan confirms 3 cases of new COVID-19 variant as UK returnees test positive

Pakistan reports first cases of new coronavirus strain first detected in the UK

Pakistan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed its first cases of a new coronavirus strain detected in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

At least six of the 12 samples of UK returnees were positive and three showed the new variant of the COVID-19 virus, said Sindh health department.

“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. “The contact tracing of these patients is in process and their contacts are also being isolated,” she said.

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