Pakistan detects first case of Omicron variant in Karachi


KARACHI:

Pakistan has reported the primary case of Omicron variant in Karachi, the Sindh Health Department mentioned on Thursday.

The well being division added {that a} non-public hospital had recognized a lady with the brand new Covid-19 variant and was making an attempt to establish her travel historical past. The lady had just lately returned to Karachi from a overseas nation.

Health authorities are additionally conducting contact tracing to find out if some other people who got here involved with the girl are Covid-19 optimistic with the brand new variant.

Earlier this week, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) introduced travel restrictions within the wake of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, including eight extra international locations, largely European, in Category C, banning in-bound passengers.

Read: NCOC bans travel from Europe’s Omicron hotbeds

With the most recent growth, the variety of international locations on Category C elevated from 7 to 15. The record includes The Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The NCOC added that there can be a whole ban on the passengers coming to Pakistan from Category C international locations. It added that solely ‘essential’ travel from these international locations can be attainable, topic to an exemption certificates from a particular committee.

The discussion board additional mentioned that vaccination can be necessary for all travellers coming to Pakistan, together with a PCR take a look at, which might be necessary for Pakistanis and foreigners above the age of 6 years, including that the PCR take a look at should be taken 48 hours earlier than boarding.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was first detected by South African well being authorities final month and dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Scientists are nonetheless gathering knowledge to determine how contagious and extreme it’s.

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