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Pakistan detects first case of Omicron sub-variant pakistan COVID 19
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Pakistan detects first case of Omicron sub-variant

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 09 May 2022, 07:44 pm

Islamabad: Pakistan has detected its first case of  Omicron sub-variant,  the National Institute of Health, Islamabad confirmed on Monday.

It tweeted: "NIH has detected the first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1. This new sub-variant is causing an increasing number of cases in different countries."

NIH asked people to get vaccinated and take booster shots.

" The best preventive measure (besides mask-wearing at crowded places) is COVID-19 vaccination. We strongly recommended getting vaccinated and all those due for boosters must get the shots immediately," read the tweet.

Director General Health Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar told that the Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1 was detected in a traveller who had returned from Qatar.

He added that this sub-variant is seen in the recent spike in cases in the US.

He said: "The disease severity and hospitalisation remain the same as Omicron but data is limited as of now."