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Four cases of Covid variant JN-1 reported in Pakistan:Health ministry
- Web Desk
- Jan 08, 2024
ISLAMABAD: Four cases of a new variant of the Corona, known as JN-1, a sub-variant of Omicron, have emerged in Pakistan.
The Ministry of Health spokesperson revealed that those affected experienced mild symptoms of the new coronavirus variant, but all have recovered without complications.
The Ministry of Health spokesperson emphasized that the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated Corona JN-1 as a variant of interest.
Caretaker Federal Minister for Health Dr. Nadeem Jan assured that the government is closely monitoring the situation.
Dr. Nadeem Jan highlighted the operational readiness of border health services and national and provincial health labs. He stated that international airports have effective screening systems in place at all entrances and exits.
The Border Health Services Department is implementing the recommendations of the International Health Regulations, and both the federation and provinces are on high alert.
Dr. Nadeem Jan mentioned that 90% of Pakistan’s population has already been vaccinated.
Encouraging citizens to take precautions, Dr. Nadeem Jan urged the use of masks, maintaining distance, and following other preventive measures to curb the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and flu during the winter.
TWO COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN SINDH
In a separate development, the Sindh Health Department confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in passengers arriving at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. The health officials suspect these cases to be of the highly transmissible JN-1 variant, causing concern globally.
It is important to note that the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) decided to conduct COVID testing for passengers arriving from abroad.
The NCOC meeting addressed the situation regarding the new Covid variant, JN-1, and approved testing at airports and borders. Dr. Nadeem Jan reiterated the government’s commitment to monitoring the evolving situation of this sub-variant of Omicron.