Pakistan confirms first cases of UK Covid-19 variant

Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed its first cases of the new coronavirus variant recently detected in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Sindh health department, in a tweet, said samples of 12 UK returnees were taken for genotyping, out of which six tested positive, whereas three showed a 95 per cent match with the new variant, and will be sent for a second phase of genotyping.

“Meanwhile the contact tracing of these patients is in process and their contacts are being isolated also,” the tweet read.