Covid-19: South African, Brazilian variants detected in Pakistan

Covid-19: South African, Brazilian variants detected in Pakistan

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Karachi: When confirming the report, Dr. Azra Pechuho, Minister of Health of Sindh Province, said that samples of South African and Brazilian variants of Covid-19 have been detected in Pakistan.

She said that 13 samples were examined at the Aga Khan University on Thursday, of which 10 were confirmed to have British variants, two were South African and one was Brazilian variant.

She added that this was a matter of concern and could put a huge strain on the health system as the British strain of the virus spreads very quickly. It has a spread rate of 60% and a resulting mortality rate of around 68%, she added.

“The Brazilian and South African strains of the virus have a higher mortality rate and the effect of the vaccine on them is not significant, which means if one gets infected with the Brazilian or South African strains of the virus, they could fall very ill despite being vaccinated,” she said.

She urged the public not to attend family gatherings and suggested not to go shopping for Eid al-Fitr this year.

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