Pakistan has verified its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the southern Sindhi province on Thursday.
The Aga Khan University Hospital in the city of Karachi, reported the first case of the variant in a 65-year-old female patient, according to the provincial health department.
Qasim Siraj Soomro, Sindh Parliamentary Health Secretary, told Geo Pakistan, that it was “imminent” that Omicron would reach Pakistan.
“At the international level, several PCR tests were not positive in patients who were later diagnosed with Omicron infection,” he said, adding the new virus is highly mutated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Omicron variant is now reported in 57 countries.
During its latest weekly briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus highlighted “a consistent picture of the rapid increase in transmission” but said that the exact rate of increase relative to other variants remains difficult to quantify.
According to official data, Pakistan officially has 1,288,053 cases of COVID-19, including 1,249,421 recoveries and 28,803 deaths.
Furthermore, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said passengers coming from abroad must show a vaccine certificate and negative PCR test report conducted within 48 hours before traveling.
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