ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): The National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed
the presence of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant amongst two individuals who had visited
This is in follow up to preliminary reports of the existence of this variant, which have
now been confirmed via whole-genome sequencing.
Since the emergence of the new coronavirus variant in the UK, which was reported
during December 2020, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and
Coordination has required and all inbound passengers from the UK to be tested for
SARS-CoV-2 on arrival.
It is also of note that the variant virus reported in the UK has also been detected in 31
other countries so far. The preliminary epidemiologic and clinical findings suggest that
the B.1.1.7 variant virus may have a higher transmissibility but without any evidence of
increased severity of illness.