Islamabad has reported the first case of Omicron variant of coronavirus, District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia confirmed on Saturday.

According to Dr Zia, the patient has no international travel history; nonetheless, the patient recently travelled to Karachi.

The patient reportedly is in good health and has only minor symptoms. Contact tracing is currently being done to detect more cases.

The DHO reports that healthcare staff are ready to deal with the Omicron variant.

He urged citizens to exercise caution and get vaccinated.

Dr Zia advised people who are eligible for the booster shot to get it as soon as possible.

A day before, six more Omicron cases were reported in Karachi, taking the total number of infections in the city to eight.

According to the reports, the suspected patients have a travel history.

Four of them came from South Africa, where the Omicron variat was first detected, while two came from the United Kingdom.

They stated that the suspected patients’ samples had been sent to a private hospital for confirmation and that the patients had been moved to a quarantine centre.


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