Omicron variant: Pakistan detects the first 'suspected' case in Karachi.
Pakistan has caught the first case of the omicron variant. source:

Pakistan has reported its first suspected case of the new Omicron coronavirus to a woman in Karachi. Furthermore, Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho said authorities “suspect that this case is omicron variant  because of the virus’ behavior.” “Genome sequencing has not been done so far, but we suspect it is a case of Omicron because of how this virus behaves,” she also added that the patient affected by Omicron was a 57-year-old woman unvaccinated from Karachi.

The Aga Khan University Hospital confirmed this development :

A spokesman for Aga Khan University Hospital confirmed this, and he said they had found the first patient suspected to have a Covid-19 Omicron variant. We are awaiting the final confirmation test result (genome sequencing), which will ta ke a few days, and have reported the alleged patient to the health department.” He added that the patient had left. “Our current principles of prevention and management of COVID-19 are sufficient to treat the virus,” said a hospital spokesman.

People need not panic and urged:

Provincial Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuno said people should not be alarmed and urged them to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Omicron is highly contagious, but deaths or serious illnesses have not yet been identified in reports from South Africa,” where the exception was first found. Last month, Pakistan banned travel from six African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland – formerly known as Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia, and Hong Kong after discovering the Omicron.

Pakistan extended the ban to 9 countries:

Authorities later extended the ban to nine other countries, including Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland, and Zimbabwe, and tightened controls on arrivals from several other countries. Pakistan, a country with about 220 million, has reported nearly 1.3 million Covid cases, including more than 28,800 deaths. As of Thursday, officials said more than 24% of the total population and 35% of eligible people vaccinated against the epidemic.

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