PM Shehbaz orders immediate restoration of NCOC after first case of Omicron sub-variant detected – Pakistan


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered the National Center for Command and Operation (NCOC) to be reinstated immediately after Pakistan reported the first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1.

NCOC was established in March 2020 by the PTI government to oversee its response to the coronavirus epidemic. The forum provided comprehensive guidance to provincial authorities on the nature of the outbreak and its data-driven approach to keep the nation up to date on day-to-day cases, deaths, recovery, and vaccination rates. It was canceled by PTI last month after Covid conditions in the country eased.

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According to a statement issued by the House of Representatives, the prime minister noted the new diversity of Omicron and its growing cases. “He also requested a report from the National Institute of Health (NIH) on the current state of Covid-19,” he said.

The development comes a day after the NIH – which has been dealing with Covid-related issues since the NCOC was officially shut down last month – has indicated that the first case of Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12 has been discovered in the country.

The health officer told her It was morning that the patient was tested positive for it at the airport and later, during genome sequencing, it was confirmed that he had been infected with a new strain.

“We have decided not to mention the name of the country where the patient was traveling to Pakistan. However, a new species has spread to various lands. The patient feels well and all the contacts are kept in solitary confinement, ”he said.

“Although the differences are more contagious, the good thing is that all vaccines work against it. We therefore urge more people to get vaccinated early and vaccinated people to get their vaccines, ”he warned.

The new Omicron sub-diversity is a descendant of the “stealth Omicron” which became highly contagious and quickly gained a foothold in the US.

BA.2.12.1 was responsible for 29 percent of new U.S. Covid-19 infections in the third week of April, according to data reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it caused 58pc of reported infections in the New York area.

The difference has been found in at least 13 other countries, but the US has its high levels so far. Scientists say it spreads faster than the secret Omicron.

The development comes as Pakistan sees a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, which has dropped dramatically over the past few weeks. According to NIH data, 64 new cases of the virus have been reported nationwide in the last 24 hours and their prevalence rate was 0.49 percent. At least 92 patients were receiving intensive care.

Pakistan response to Covid commended

It is worth mentioning here that NCOC and Pakistan’s Covid-19 epidemic response has been praised since the day the virus was first reported in the country.

Earlier in March, a report prepared by the United Nations Development Program ranked Pakistan among the best performing countries in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. It noted that on March 23, 2022, the cost of vaccinating 40 percent of Pakistani citizens was 13.95pc the country’s current health expenditure.

As of March 23, the cost of vaccinating 40pc for the Indian population was 8.65pc for the country’s current health expenditure and the Covid-19 risk index was 4.6, which was described as average.

In Pakistan, the supply of vaccinated and / or anticipated vaccines in total doses is as high as 112.25pc. The vaccine found as a percentage of the population was 107.15pc.

By 2020, the World Health Organization had said that Pakistan was among the countries where the international community needed to learn how to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Pakistan has distributed infrastructure built over the years to polio fight Covid-19. “Community-based health workers trained to go from house to house to immunize children against polio have been used to monitor, monitor, and care.”

“There are many other examples, including Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, and Vietnam. Many of these countries have done well because they have learned lessons from the previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, influenza and other diseases. That is why it is so important that we all learn the lessons that this epidemic teaches us, ”he added.

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