According to Dawn, Pakistani health officials have confirmed that a new strain of the lethal COVID-19 infection has entered the country.

Dr. Javed Akram, a member of the Covid-19 Scientific Task Force, told the media that a deadly version of the virus known as “Epsilon” had been identified in the country.

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He verified that about 40 individuals have caught the lethal COVID-19 variation so far, although that number isn’t exact.

“This variation was named the California strain or B.1.429 since it emerged in California,” Dr Akram explained.

“We must recognize that the virus has been managed but not eliminated, and so there is a risk of it resurfacing,” Dr. Akram added.

Dr. Akram, who is also the vice-chancellor of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), said of the vaccinations’ effectiveness, “The bright side is that all vaccines are efficient against Epsilon, so people should be vaccinated and follow normal operating practises.”

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Through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Japanese government supplied equipment worth $6.59 million to Islamabad to improve Pakistan’s capability for storing COVID-19 vaccine.

National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reports 662 cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, with a positive rate of 1.40 percent.