UK CoVID-19 variant virus found in Pakistan today. Pakistan has reported the first confirmed cases of the new variant virus found in United Kingdom.
12 people who have returned from UK, the sample had been taken for CoVID-19 testing in which 6 were positive and 3 showed the new mutated corona virus, according to the Sindh Government.
Meeran Yousaf, spokesperson for the Sindh health department, said “the genotyping showed 95 per cent match of the new variant from the UK. These samples will go through another phase of genotyping”.
“Meanwhile, the contact tracing of these patients is in process and their contacts are also being isolated,” she added.
WHO(World Health Organization) said in a tweet this month that “it was in close contact with UK officials on the new #COVID19 virus variant and promised to update governments and the public as more is learned.”
WHO Official told that this new strain virus was found in England in September.
“What we understand is that it does have increased transmissibility, in terms of its ability to spread,” Maria Van Kerkhove said.
Scientists have found that the viruses are mutating on a regular basis and some changes or mutations have harmful effect on the human life and some changes don’t have any effect on the human life.
This new virus SARS-CoV2 having ID B.1.1.7 was first found in United Kingdom(UK). The experts told that this virus has the ability to spread faster and they believe that it has been originated from some immunocompromised patients.
The corona virus has 17 amino acids in its protein structure, out of which eight are in the crucial spike protein. these changes helps the virus evade the immune system and make it more infectious than before.
“The increase in transmissibility [of new variant] is likely to lead to a large increase in incidence, with Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths projected to reach higher levels in 2021 than were observed in 2020, even if regional tiered restrictions implemented before 19 December are maintained,” the researchers told.
The mutated virus discovery is alarming as 1.7 million people have died from the virus and many countries are doing vaccination to stop the virus.
The second wave of virus in Pakistan is more dangerous and is rapidly growing having the highest number of cases and the second highest number of deaths recorded 111 on Thursday.
Pakistan along with other countries have banned the flights from Britain this week and this ban was going to last till 29th December.
But now the restrictions will remain till4th of January. And if the situation does not become under control then this orders will be reviewed again.
Iran, India and Saudi Arabia has also banned the flights from UK.