The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in Pakistan.

“The National Institute of Health, Islamabad has been able to confirm that a recently suspected sample from Karachi is indeed the ‘Omicron variant’ of SARS-CoV2. This is the first confirmed case but continued surveillance of identified samples is in place to identify trends,” a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Centre read.


In another tweet, NCOC stressed upon the importance of getting vaccinated to stay safe from new variants.

On December 8, the first suspected case of the Omicron variant was detected in Pakistan. The case was detected in a 57-year-old female patient, who was unvaccinated. As per, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho the patient had no travel history.