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Two cases of highly contagious coronavirus variant reaches Islamabad

Two cases of highly contagious coronavirus variant reaches Islamabad
January 4, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The two cases of the highly contagious coronavirus variant, which first emerged in the UK, has been reached in Islamabad, confirmed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) confirmed on Monday.

The NCOC confirmed that two cases of the coronavirus variant have been detected in Pakistan.

It said the National Institute of Health (NIH) examined a number of samples taken from UK return travellers suspected to be carrying the new Covid-19 variant, out of which two matched with the variant, named B117.

The variant was first detected in Britain last month, the NCOC said, adding it has also been found in 31 other countries. It said Pakistani citizens returning from the UK need to take a mandatory PCR test for the new strain of the deadly virus.

On the other hadn, Pakistan has reported 39 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as lifting the national tally of fatalities to 10,350 on Monday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 1,895 persons tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of positive cases has surged to 488,529.

Pakistan has so far conducted 6,849,867 coronavirus tests and 30,139 were tested in the last 24 hours, out of which 1,895 turned out to be positive. The national positivity ratio of infections was recorded at 6.28 per cent.

There are a total of 35,722 active cases of the coronavirus while the number of recovered patients stands at 442,457. 2,242 of the Covid-19 patients under treatment are said to be in critical condition.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.

Till now 218,597 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 140,714 in Punjab 59,484 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 38,263 in Islamabad, 18,247 in Balochistan, 8,357 in Azad Kashmir and 4,867 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore 4,124 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 3,611 in Sindh, 1,675 in KP, 428 in Islamabad, 226 in Azad Kashmir, 185 in Balochistan, and 101 in GB.