The federal capital Islamabad today confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. Health officials have described the individual carrying the new variant as a 47-year-old man, currently based in the capital, but who has traveled for work.
Islamabad health officials responded to the situation by initiating the man’s contact tracing process, as well as sending his sample for gene sequencing. Additionally, officials said teams were ready to respond to any larger outbreaks of the new variant in the federal capital.
Islamabad’s first patient Omicron has no history of travel overseas, but according to Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat, he has a history of travel from Karachi. The first suspected case of the Omicron variant in Pakistan was detected in Karachi on December 8. The virus was detected in an unvaccinated 57-year-old woman. Since then, the new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in other patients in Karachi, including the second case in the country, that of a man who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom. A number of suspected cases of Omicron have also been reported in Balochistan.