Earlier today, a flight took off from Manchester airport with only one man sitting on board. This native of Gujrat had experienced something most people have dreamt of as he was the only passenger to travel from Manchester.
According to the reports, the financially broke Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Sunday flew the flight, which has a capacity of 371 passengers apart from the crew, with a lone passenger.
The travel to the UK by people has reduced as a new strain of COVID has been discovered there. Pakistan has so far confirmed the 2 cases of the UK variant of coronavirus, which is believed to be highly contagious.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has also confirmed the existence of the highly transmissible new variant of COVID-19 amongst 2 individuals who had returned from the UK.
This is in follow up to preliminary reports of the existence of B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in 3 persons. The cases have now been confirmed through whole-genome sequencing.
Since the occurrence of the new COVID-19 variant in the UK, which was reported during December 2020, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination has required all incoming passengers from the UK to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 on arrival.
On the other hand, it is also noteworthy that the new variant virus reported in the UK has also been detected in 31 other countries so far.
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant ID B.1.1.7, was first discovered in the United Kingdom and appears to spread. Researchers believe it may have instigated in a patient who had a long-running infection.
The new strain is believed to be 70% more contagious, but as per the doctors, there is no reason yet to believe that it is more deadly or will not be controlled by a vaccine.
Moreover, countries like; Pakistan, Iran, India, and Saudi Arabia, and many more have imposed travel bans on the UK after the British government officially announced the detection of the new strain of the novel COVID-19.
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