2 UK returned passengers test positive for coronavirus in KP


PESHAWAR: Two people, who recently returned from the United Kingdom, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

KP Health Secretary Imtiaz Hussain Shah said a total of 149 passengers have recently arrived in the province from Britain. The government has traced 44 people and 32 of their contacts.

Another 54 passengers have been identified across seven districts including Peshawar, Swabi and Nowshera. The district administration has been tasked to trace them.

The government has been unable to trace 46 people because they provided incorrect residential address.

“In the first batch of testing, four people tested negative while results of 25 passengers are awaited,” the health official said.

The SARS-CoV-2 was identified in two passengers who have been quarantined. One of the patients has been identified in Peshawar while the other is in Abbottabad.

Shah said further tests will be conducted at the National Institute of Health in Islamabad which will determine the nature of the strain.