A new variant of the Omicron coronavirus variant entered Pakistan from Qatar when a person infected with the virus arrived in the country, health ministry officials confirmed.
The meeting was chaired by Federal Ministry of Health Abdul Qadir Patel. Representatives from all provincial governments were in attendance via videoconference.
Health officials reported that the individual who had travelled from Qatar had mild symptoms of COVID-19 and had since completely recovered.
Everyone in the patient’s family tested negative for the coronavirus, they said.
The federal Minister of Health stated that the government was monitoring the situation and that there was nothing to worry about.
But tests and vaccination have to be improved, he said.
“Things are under control now, but we must remain vigilant,” the minister said in a government release.
General Aamer Ikram (NIH) gave a glance at the situation in the country.
“Only one case has been detected recently and we are keeping a close eye on the spread,” said General Aamer Ikram.
The detection of a new subvariant was initially reported by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Monday when it reported that only one case had been reported.
The new variant is referred to as the “Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant.
“The NIH found the first case of Omicron BA.2.12.1. This new subvariant leads to an increase in the number of cases in different countries,” the NIH said.
Experts believe the new variant can spread rapidly as Omicron but it may not be more virulent and not as deadly as the Delta variant, which caused many deaths in India last year.