Health Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Taimur Khan Jhagra has confirmed the primary reported case of Omicron variant of coronavirus within the province.
“Our public health reference lab has detected the first cases of Omicron in Pakhtunkhwa. As expected, this was only a matter of time,” Taimur wrote on his official Twitter deal with on Wednesday.
He stated that the hospital system within the province coped with 4 surges and will probably be prepared for the subsequent wave. “Our best defence is to vaccinate as per NCOC guidelines,” he added.
Our public well being reference lab has detected the primary circumstances of Omicron in Pakhtunkhwa. As anticipated, this was solely a matter of time. Our hospital system has coped with 4 surges and can proceed to be prepared.
Our finest defence is to vaccinate as per NCOC pointers.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) January 5, 2022
According to a spokesperson of the well being division, the case emerged from Mansehra and the Covid-infected individual, a resident of Rawalpindi in Punjab, has been quarantined whereas the world has been sealed.
“Additional teams have been assigned for contact tracing in the area whereas teams have been formed to further increase the vaccination rate in Mansehra,” the spokesperson added.
He stated that the division is ready to deal with the subsequent wave of coronavirus, including that vaccination is the one resolution to defeat the Omicron variant.
Earlier right now, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar urged the individuals to get vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus, saying the Omicron variant is spreading at a fast tempo in Pakistan, particularly Karachi and Lahore.
Addressing a press convention, flanked by PM’s well being aide Dr Faisal Sultan, the planning minister stated individuals ought to take precautions within the wake of its unfold.
“Wearing masks and compliance with SOPs are important but the most important protection against the virus is vaccination,” he added.
According to Umar, the Covid-19 vaccines play a significant position in opposition to the virus. He stated the speed of hospitalisation within the UK and US was decrease than in South Africa – the place the variant first emerged in November – due to the upper vaccination price.
In South Africa, inside a number of weeks, the circumstances rose from 116 to 25,000, Umar stated, including that together with a 3,500 per cent improve in infections, the hospitalisation price jumped to 700%.
In the US, there was a 400 per cent improve within the circumstances whereas the hospitalisation price elevated solely to 92%. Similarly, within the UK, there was a 134 per cent improve within the hospitalisation price, whereas the an infection price jumped to 300%.
The decrease price of hospitalisation within the US and the UK pointed in direction of the efficacy of vaccines in opposition to the lethal variant.
In Pakistan, the positivity price rose from 0.7 to 1.8% in mere two weeks, he stated, including that after the emergence of Omicron, circumstances elevated threefold.