75 cases of Omicron variant confirmed in Pakistan

First case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was reported in Karachi

A total of 75 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been confirmed in the country so far, the National Institute of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday.

NIH said that the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC), the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and the provincial departments were vigilantly keeping an eye on Omicron cases in Pakistan ever since it was designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was reported on December 13 in Karachi.

As of December 27, a total of 75 Omicron cases have been confirmed with 33 cases reported in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad and 13 in Lahore, the NIH statement said, adding that the remaining 12 cases were associated with international travel.

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

Vaccination and following standard operating procedures (SOPs) continue to be our best defence against COVID-19 despite the mutations being reported, the statement added.

“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 said.

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