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KARACHI: Pakistan on Monday confirmed the presence of Omicron, a brand new COVID-19 variant that has unfold to over 60 nations around the globe triggering journey restrictions.

The Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) issued an announcement Monday after analyzing the samples of the affected person acquired final week.

“The NIH has been capable of verify (through complete genome sequencing) {that a} lately suspected pattern from Karachi is certainly the ‘Omicron variant’ of SARS-CoV2,” it mentioned on Twitter.

The NIH added that that is the primary confirmed case however continued surveillance of suspected samples is in place to establish the tendencies.

“The significance of getting vaccinated to guard from critical results of present and new variants is subsequently highlighted. Please get your self vaccinated in line with pointers issued by the NCOC,” it added.

Individually, Aga Khan College Hospital (AKUH) additionally confirmed the presence of the OMicron variant after gene sequencing.

“Gene sequencing at AKUH has confirmed the presence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant within the first affected person. The affected person is at house and doing effectively.” 

It added that no different sufferers with COVID-19 Omicron have been recognized at AKUH.

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