Health Department Confirms Six Cases of Omicron Sub-variant in Karachi - Capital TV

June 4, 2023


Health Department Confirms Six Cases of Omicron Sub-variant in Karachi

Anum Razzaque

KARACHI: A new wave of Covid 19 started ringing the bell of the alarming situation in Sindh, there are six cases of Omicron virus have reported in Karachi on Tuesday, according to the Health Department of Sindh.

In a statement issued by the health department, Sindh said, “six cases of Omicron subvariant have been reported in a day, three-person belonging to Defense Housing Authority (DHA) and one person living in Tariq Road, while the others live in different areas of Karachi.

The health department said, “The reported cases are the sub-variants of Omicron are XXB and XBB1.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the XBB is a sub-variant of the Omicron virus. As per early evidence, the XBB variant had a higher reinfection risk as compared to other circulating Omicron sublineages.

The virus that originated from China around the end of 2019 has since mutated into the delta variant, then omicron and its sublineages, which continue to plague the world.

According to Reuters, Over 40% of COVID-19 cases in the United States are now caused by the highly contagious Omicron XBB.1.5, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed on Friday, with the subvariant doubling from the previous week.

Although many public health experts are expressing concern about the rising COVID cases in China, infectious disease experts have been increasingly worried about the XBB.1.5 variant.

However, regarding new cases, the department said, “There is no information about the travel history of affectees.”

SOPs & Precautions

Earlier, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) directed the people to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) of coronavirus to tackle the threat of a new wave.

The forum said, “Do wear a mask, use sanitizer, and persist the distance.”

On 4 January, after the fear of a new variant, the coalition government led by Shehbaz Sharif tightened the belt and started taking measures. Last week the Minister of Health, Abdul Qadir Patel, directed to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to start screening passengers strictly.

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