Pakistan records the first case of Omicron coronavirus variant

In a Twitter post on Monday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) acknowledged the existence of the Omicron form

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Pakistan records the first case of Omicron coronavirus variant
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Pakistani health media have reported the country’s first instance of the Omicron coronavirus, a week after the South Asian country strengthened restrictions on travel in an attempt to alleviate the virus’s expansion.

In a Twitter post on Monday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) acknowledged the existence of the Omicron form, which is thought to have stronger transmissibility rates than other variants.

The National Institute of Health, Islamabad has been able to confirm that a recently suspected sample from Karachi is indeed the ‘Omicron variant’ of SARS-CoV2.

This is the first confirmed case but continued surveillance of identified samples is in place to identify trends.

A potential instance of the new strain was discovered in an unvaccinated individual last week, according to the provincial health minister in Sindh’s southern province.

The virus also spreads because people are not vaccinated, and this lady, too, was not vaccinated.

This is why I would request that you must get your second dose if you haven’t [gotten it] and if you have had both doses and it has been six months, then definitely get your booster dose today. This can save you.

A potential instance of the new strain was discovered in an unvaccinated individual last week, according to the provincial health minister in Sindh’s southern province.

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