ISLAMABAD- Pakistan has recorded the first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, an official expressed the infection was detect in a 57-year-old lady in Karachi. The nation’s biggest city and capital of the southern Sindh region.
Local media declared that the patient, who was at a residence in isolation after be release from the hospital. The previous day has no trip history. And communication tracing is nowadays underway.
Omicron case details by Provincial health minister
In addition, “We have not yet completed the genomic study of the patient sample. But the way the virus behaves, it resembles an omicron”. Provincial health minister Azra Fazal Pechuno said in a video message.
Pechuno said people don’t need to panic and urged them to get a full coronavirus vaccine.
In addition, “Omicron is transferable, no loss of life or extreme illness has yet been reported from South Africa,” he said.
In a statement released Thursday, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad, run by the federal government said. It was premature to draw any conclusions about whether a patient in Karachi was infected with an omicron.
In addition, “To clarify that the full-genome sequence of the sample has not yet been approved by Omicron, which should be performed upon receipt of the sample,” the statement said.
Late last month, Pakistan imposed a total travel ban from six African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia, and Hong Kong following the opening of the omicron.
The authorities later extended the ban to nine more countries, including Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland, and Zimbabwe, and tightened controls on passengers arriving from several other countries.
Pakistan, with a people of about 220 million, has registered nearly 1.3 million patients of coronavirus, including more than 28,800 deaths.
As of Thursday, officials stated more than 24% of the whole population and 35% of the qualified population have been vaccinated against the pandemic.