Pakistan on Thursday reported its first case of Omicron variation of the coronavirus in Sindh province.
A private hospital in the city of Karachi reported the first case of this exception to a 65-year-old female patient, Geo News quoted the provincial health department as saying.
The Sindh health department said the patient had arrived in the country from abroad. The patient, who is not vaccinated, has no symptoms of the virus.
Qasim Siraj Soomro, Health Secretary of the Sindh Parliament, told Geo Pakistan that Omicron was close to reaching Pakistan.
“At the international level, several PCR tests have not been performed on patients who were later diagnosed with Omicron infection. The new virus has evolved significantly.”
This comes as Omicron has been reported in 57 countries, and the World Health Organization (WHO) expects the number to continue growing.
Features of the new Omicron Covid-19, which includes the rate at which it will spread, as well as the large number of mutations, suggest it could have a significant impact on the course of the epidemic, according to WHO.
At a recent Wednesday conference in Geneva on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus highlighted “a consistent picture of the rapid increase in infection” but said the exact rate of increase compared to other species is still difficult to forget.
Aside from some data from South Africa that raises the risk of re-infection with Omicron, more data is needed, reports UN News. Experts believe that the exception may also cause a softer disease than Delta, but there is no definitive answer yet.