75 circumstances of Omicron variant confirmed in Pakistan

By December 29, 2021Health
Omicron variant

ISLAMABAD: The Nationwide Institute of Wellbeing (NIH) on Tuesday confirmed 75 circumstances of the Omicron pressure of Covid-19 throughout the nation, per week after the primary case was reported in Karachi.
“Since [the] WHO [World Health Organisation] designated Omicron as a Variant of Concern on November 26, 2021, the Ministry of NHSRC [National Health Systems Resource Centre], NCOC, NIH [National Institute of Health] and the provincial well-being departments have remained vigilant to detect the variant in Pakistan,” learn an official assertion.
“The primary cause of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was reported on December 13 in Karachi. As of December 27, 2021, a complete of 75 Omicron circumstances have been confirmed – 33 in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad and 13 in Lahore,” it added.
The NIH additional stated 12 of those circumstances had been related to a worldwide journey.
The related authorities have remoted the sufferers and initiated contact tracing with a view to management the unfold of the variant.
It added that vaccination and following normal working procedures (SOPs) continued to be our greatest defence in opposition to Covid-19 regardless of the mutations being reported.
“All authorities authorised Covid-19 vaccines accessible in Pakistan to stay extremely efficient at stopping extreme illness and hospitalisation. The federal government urges everybody to get each dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in addition to the booster dose as per the eligibility standards and course of,” the assertion learn.
Final week, Islamabad had detected its first case of Omicron is a 47-year-old male, in accordance with the NIH. The affected person reportedly solely had minor signs, with contact tracing carried out to detect extra circumstances.
On December 13, the Agha Khan College Hospital (AKUH) confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in an unvaccinated Covid-19 affected person. In a press release, the hospital stated the affected person was remoted at dwelling and doing properly.
Final month, the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) had warned that the Omicron variant was wreaking havoc worldwide, notably in Europe, and ultimately would additionally have an effect on Pakistan.
Addressing a joint press convention with Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Wellbeing Dr Faisal Sultan, NCOC chief Asad Umar had stated the variant had unfolded internationally and it could be unimaginable to cease it from coming into Pakistan as a result of the world was so inter-connected.
Umar, additionally the planning minister, had urged the individuals to finish their vaccination doses within the wake of the “very harmful” variant. “The logical resolution to thwart the brand new variant is full vaccination,” he had added.
For travelling functions, the authorities had divided international locations into A, B, and C classes.
On November 27, Pakistan had banned journeys from six southern African international locations — South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia — and Hong Kong after the variant surfaced, inserting them in Class C.
It later added 9 extra international locations to the checklist — Croatia, Hungary, Netherlands, Ukraine, Eire, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland and Zimbabwe.
The NCOC, which serves because the nerve centre of the federal government’s unified effort in opposition to the worldwide pandemic, stated solely ‘important’ journey from these international locations could be doable, topic to an exemption certificate from a particular committee.
It added that vaccination could be necessary for all travellers coming to Pakistan. The polymerase chain response (PCR) check could be necessary for Pakistanis and foreigners above the age of six years. The PCR check has to be taken 48 hours earlier than boarding.
For Class B, which included Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia, the US, the UK, Thailand, France, Austria, Afghanistan and Turkey, all inbound passengers wanted to be totally vaccinated.
Moreover, passengers from Class B international locations wanted to have an adverse (PCR) check report (most 48 hours previous to departure). The NCOC acknowledged that well-being authorities would additionally conduct random Speedy Antigen Take a look at (RAT) testing of passengers coming from these international locations.
For Class A international locations, all inbound passengers are required to be totally vaccinated with the identical PCR requirement as class B international locations.
Authorities would additionally display screen transit flights by means of RAT at airports on flights arriving by way of KSA, UAE and Qatar to “guard in opposition to the entry of Omicron variant”.

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