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First case of extremely infectious B.1.617 coronavirus variant present in Pakistan-World Information , Pleased Easterday

In Might, authorities in Thailand had confirmed the nation’s first instances of the variant, first recognized in India, was present in Thai travellers who had visited Pakistan

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Islamabad: The primary-ever case of the extremely infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus , first recognized in India, has been detected in Pakistan regardless of a ban on travellers from the neighbouring nation since April, the nation’s high well being institute in Islamabad has mentioned.

The Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) on Friday shared the outcomes of whole-genome sequencing of SARS CoV-2 samples collected in the course of the first three weeks of Might 2021, The Categorical Tribune reported on Friday.

The sequencing outcomes confirmed the detection of seven instances of B.1.351 [South African variant] and one case of B.1.617.2 [first identified in India]. That is the primary in-country detection of the latter pressure, the NIH mentioned in a press release.

As per protocols, contact tracing of all of the instances is in progress by the Area Epidemiology & Illness Surveillance Division and District Well being Workplace (DHO), Islamabad, the report mentioned.

The NIH mentioned the continued detection of worldwide strains highlighted the continued want for statement of pointers, utilization of masks and want for vaccination.

After India’s outbreak of COVID-19 fuelled by the brand new pressure earlier this 12 months, Pakistan in April imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the neighbouring nation through the air, sea and land routes, he report mentioned.

Nonetheless, in Might, the variant was detected in Thai travellers who had visited Pakistan, the report mentioned.

Well being authorities in Thailand had confirmed the nation’s first instances of the variant first recognized in India in a Thai lady and her 4-year-old son who have been reportedly put in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan, it mentioned.

The World Well being Group (WHO) earlier mentioned that the B.1.617 pressure of coronavirus was present in dozens of nations all around the world.

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Updated: May 29, 2021 — 12:43 pm

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