The case of Omicron variant identified so far in Pakistan

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Omicron variant in Pakistan

The National Institute of Health (NIH) on Tuesday reported that 75 instances of variant Covid-19 Omicron have been found in the United States so far.

In a press release, the NIH stated they were aware that Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC) as well as the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) as well as the provincial departments were watching Omicron instances in Pakistan since the time it was classified as as a concern-causing variant from WHO. World Health Organisation (WHO).

“The first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was reported on December 13 in Karachi,” the statement stated.

“As of December 27, a total of 75 Omicron cases have been confirmed; 33 in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad and 13 in Lahore,” the statement read, noting twelve cases are associated with travel abroad. The NIH didn’t provide additional information.

“The relevant authorities have isolated the patients and initiated contract tracing in order to control the spread of the variant,” the NIH announced.

Immunization and adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) remain the best protection against Covid-19, despite the reports of mutations as such, according to the statement.

“All government approved Covid-19 vaccines available in Pakistan remain highly effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalisation. The government urges everyone to get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as well as the booster dose as per the eligibility criteria and process,” the statement read.

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Pakistan has reported it’s their first suspect case related to this Omicron variant on the 8th of December. The gene-sequencing results of the case, Aga Khan University Hospital confirmed it was the brand new variant on the 13th of December.

On the 25th of December Islamabad was confirmed the first incident. Islamabad District Health Official (DHO) Zaeem Zia told Dawn.com that the incident was discovered in the 47-year-old man, and that he was employed in Islamabad and was outside the city for work reasons. The patient did not have a history of traveling overseas, he stated.

‘Inevitable arrival’

In the last month federal planning minister Asad Umar, as well as the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr Faisal Sultan raised the alarm declaring that the introduction in Omicron was inevitable. Omicron variation was inevitable. just a issue of timing.

“This [strain] has to spread in the whole world as we saw before that when a variant comes, the world is so interconnected that it is impossible to stop it,” Umar was quoted as saying in his speech, stating that vaccination is the best way to stop the menace.

Pakistan had imposed the total ban on the 27th of November on travel to six southern African countries -six – South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia — as well as Hong Kong in the wake of the possibility of a variant being discovered.

The travel restriction was extended to nine more countries which include Croatia, Hungary, Netherlands, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland and Zimbabwe.

Furthermore The National Command and Operating Centre included 13 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia, Thailand, France, Austria, Afghanistan and Turkey placed them in category B.

All travelers from these countries should be fully vaccinated. anyone over the age of six should have a positive report of PCR testing issued no longer than 48 hours prior to embarking.

Omicron is classed in the World Health Organisation as a “highly transmissible” variant -the same category which includes the dominant Delta variant.

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