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New Covid-19 Variant Detected in Sindh, Pakistan: Precautions in Place

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Sindh Health Department officials revealed the arrival of two overseas passengers at Karachi Airport carrying a new Covid-19 variant. Notably, no cases of the variant have been identified within the province so far. Authorities have heightened their vigilance and response measures to address the new variant’s emergence. Close monitoring of the situation in Punjab and adherence to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) advisory for Sindh are actively implemented.

Initial reports suggest the new variant, while not deemed highly dangerous, presents mild symptoms like cough, cold, and headache. Enhanced screening and testing protocols are underway at airports to identify potential cases among arriving passengers. Thus far, two passengers exhibiting symptoms have been identified. One, a 53-year-old Qasimabad District resident arriving from Kuala Lumpur, hails from Sanghar District. The other, a 60-year-old DG Khan, Punjab, resident arrived from Jeddah. Both individuals have been instructed to strictly observe home quarantine measures.

Earlier, Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan assured the Senate of high national vigilance despite no confirmed cases of the JN.1 Omicron variant. Precautionary measures include securing 500,000 Pfizer vaccine doses based on Emergency Operation Centre recommendations.

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