First case of Omicron Sub-variant is detected in Pakistan

Fighting a pandemic for 3 years, now it’s getting new variants every day. A patient in Pakistan is currently diagnosed with an Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1.

Pakistan has detected its first case of the Omicron sub-variant, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, reported on Monday. As the public gets back to routine life after EidulFitr celebrations without COVID-19 restrictions for the first time in two years. Whereas The variant has been detected in at least 13 other countries. The US has reported the highest levels so far, with scientists warning that it spreads faster than stealth Omicron.

Pakistan reported 64 new COVID-19 cases overnight, official data issued by NIH showed Monday. With the fresh cases, the coronavirus positivity ratio stood at 0.49%. However, no deaths were reported during the last 24 hours.

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Government-issued SOPs

On March 31, Pakistan announced the closure of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The body was set up in March 2020. Moreover, In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it collects, analyzes, and processes information, transferring all its functions, roles, and responsibilities to the NIH. NIH is taking all the necessary measures to fight this pandemic.

Students wear protective face masks as they have their temperature checked before entering a class

NIH advises everyone to follow all the precautionary measures like wearing masks, sanitizers, etc. “We strongly recommended getting vaccinated and all those due for boosters must get the shots immediately,” it added. The total number of confirmed cases reported so far stood at 1,527,954. While 30,369 people have succumbed to the virus, according to official estimates.

“The pandemic has not ended yet but undergoing the ending phase”. Then planning and development minister Asad Umar said while announcing the decision. A new case was diagnosed in a person who recently came back from Qatar. Moreover, with effective planning and precautions, we can prevent this deadly pandemic easily.

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