Pakistan reports the first case of highly infectious Omicron subvariant
Pakistan on Monday reported its first case of the highly infectious subvariant Omicron BA.2.12.1, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The NIH announced on Twitter that it had discovered a case of the omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 through genome sequencing. He said the new sub-variant is causing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in different countries.
The NIH has advised people to take the best preventative measure to avoid contracting the virus, which is vaccinating against it.
“We strongly recommend getting vaccinated and anyone who needs booster shots should get vaccinated immediately,” the tweet said.
On March 31, Pakistan announced the closure of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the facility set up in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic to collect, analyze, and process information and all its Delegating functions to NIH roles and responsibilities.
Report 64 new cases of COVID-19
Pakistan reported 64 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, according to official data released by the NIH on Monday. In the new cases, the positivity rate of the coronavirus was 0.49%. However, no deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
Pakistanis have more or less failed to follow standard operating procedures related to COVID-19 since March 31, when the government lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country.
“The pandemic is not over yet, but it is incurable,” said then Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar when announcing the decision.
He said the NCOC has decided to lift all coronavirus restrictions, including protocols for indoor dining, indoor wedding events and markets, sporting activities, and all other SOPs across the country, following an in-depth review of the country’s COVID situation.
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