Pakistan has confirmed 75 cases of Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant, and the country may experience a fifth wave of the deadly infection by mid-February with daily detection of around 3,000 to 4,000 cases. The most affected cities will be Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, where there have been a total of 75 confirmed infections of the new Omicron variant.
According to the National Institute of Health, there are 33 confirmed Omicron cases in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad, and 13 in Lahore, making a total of 75 confirmed Omicron cases in Pakistan. Furthermore, the NIH says that 12 of these cases were associated with international travel, while the rest were locally transmitted.
The NIH added that the relevant authorities have isolated the patients and initiated contact tracing in order to control the spread of the Omicron variant in Pakistan. “Vaccination and SOPs continue to be our best defence against COVID-19 despite the mutations being reported.” said the NIH in a statement published on Twitter.
“All Government approved COVID-19 vaccines available in Pakistan remain highly effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization.” the statement added. “The Government urges everyone to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as the booster dose as per the eligibility, criteria and process.