First case of Omicron sub-variant detected in Pakistan – Pakistan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Monday that the first case of the Omicron subtype BA.2.12.1 had been found in Pakistan.

The lab, which has been managing Covid-related issues since the National Command and Operations Center was officially shut down, said the sub-variant “is increasing the number of cases in several countries.”

The institute added, “Aside from wearing a mask in crowded places, the best prevention method is COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination is strongly recommended, and all those subject to additional vaccination should receive vaccination immediately.”

The new Omicron sub-variant is a descendant of the former super-infectious “Stealth Omicron” and has quickly established itself in the United States.

According to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2.12.1 accounted for 29% of new COVID-19 infections in the United States in the third week of April. And it has caused 58pc of reported infections in the New York area.

This strain has been detected in at least 13 countries, but the United States has so far the highest level. Scientists say it spreads much faster than stealth omicrons.

These advances come as Pakistan witnesses a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, which has declined significantly over the past few weeks.

Since April 27, fewer than 100 cases of Covid-19 have been reported every day, with only 64 cases reported on Monday.