A senior health official said on Wednesday that the new omicron sub-variant was discovered in a patient who arrived in Pakistan from Qatar.
Pakistan announced on Monday that it had detected the omicron descendent in samples collected from incoming passengers at airports, prompting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to demand that the country’s central pandemic response body, the National Command, and Operation Center, be “immediately restored” (NCOC). Following a steady decline in coronavirus cases, the body was disbanded last month.
“Yes, [the omicron sub-variant] was detected in a Pakistani traveler from Qatar,” Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Director-General of Health, told Arab News via text message. “He had only light symptoms and recovered.” “All of the others tested negative.”
While Safdar stated that there was no need to panic, he stressed the importance of remaining vigilant in the face of the new sub-variant.
In a meeting chaired by health minister Abdul Qadir Patel on Tuesday, the federal government and provinces reached three key decisions, according to Safdar.
In Pakistan, 66 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with one death.
The new omicron sub-variant has resulted in an increase in coronavirus infections in many countries, particularly the United States. It is a more contagious variant of the omicron virus, which was first reported to the World Health Organization in November 2021 from South Africa.