According to the National Institute of Health, Pakistan has detected the first case of omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1. This news has shaken the Public to its core because this is the first time in two years that there were no COVID-19 restrictions imposed.
NIH in a statement released on Twitter said that this case is reported through genome sequencing. With this newly reported case, the number of COVID-19 infections has been rising in different countries around the globe.
The national authorities have been asking people to take all the necessary measures so that the drastic end results can be avoided.
NIH has detected the first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1. This new sub-variant is causing increasing number of cases in different countries.— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) May 9, 2022
According to General Health Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, the sub-variant BA.2.12.1 was first deducted in a traveler who had returned from Qatar. He also said that this variant is the main reason behind all the recent spike in the COVID-19 cases. "The disease severity and hospitalization remain the same as Omicron but data is limited as of now."
Pakistan has recently reported 64 new COVID cases in a span of 24 hours. With these new infections, the COVID-19 positivity rate is 0.49%. But no deaths have been reported overnight.
The public has been displaying a laid-back attitude since the Government has scrapped all the COVID-19 restrictions. Pakistan has also announced the closure of NCOC on March 31.
The then planning and development minister Asad Umar said that "The pandemic has not ended yet but undergoing the ending phase,"