Pakistan confirms first four cases of JN.1 sub-variant of Covid-19

Pakistan confirms first four cases of JN.1 sub-variant of Covid-19

Four individuals, who had travelled from abroad, experienced mild symptoms and recovered on their own
Pakistan confirms first four cases of JN.1 sub-variant of Covid-19

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8 Jan 2024

Health authorities in Pakistan have confirmed that four cases of the JN.1 sub-variant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported in the country.

Four individuals, who had travelled from abroad, experienced mild symptoms and recovered on their own. The JN.1 sub-variant is considered a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organisation and is spreading globally.

“Four people, who entered the country from abroad, tested positive for COVID-19 and when genome sequencing was done, they were found to be infected with JN.1 sub-variant of the Omicron variant of Covid-19,” an official of National Health Services said, as quoted by a local English daily.

The government recently initiated mandatory testing for COVID-19 in two per cent of incoming travelers at the country’s entry points.

The caretaker Federal Health Minister, Dr Nadeem Jan, reassured the public, stating that 90 percent of the Pakistani population is vaccinated against COVID-19. He emphasised the importance of preventive measures such as wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and maintaining social distancing to protect against respiratory illnesses, including Covid-19.

Despite the detection of the JN.1 sub-variant, there is no need for panic, as border health services remain vigilant and active under international health regulations.

The minister urged people to stay cautious and follow safety measures to prevent the spread of the flu and respiratory illnesses.

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