Pakistan has confirmed three cases of the new Coronavirus strain that was detected in the UK earlier this month.
The Sindh Health Department (SHD) had taken samples of 12 passengers who recently returned from the UK, of which six tested positive for Coronavirus while three of them showed 95% similarity with the mutated UK COVID-19 strain.
It added that the samples of these three patients will undergo further testing while concerned authorities are tracing close contacts of these cases and isolating them to stem the transmission of the new strain.
Yesterday, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), Dr. Nausheen Hamid, revealed that authorities had successfully tracked down and tested all citizens who recently traveled to the country from the UK, adding that the Ministry was awaiting results.
She noted that NHS Ministry in tandem with concerned authorities was closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation in Pakistan.
Last week, Pakistan imposed a ban on travel to and from the UK in a bid to prevent the transmission of the highly infectious mutated Coronavirus strain that first emerged in the southern parts of England earlier this month.