Pakistan on Thursday said it has reported the first case of the new omicron variant of coronavirus.
The patient is a woman with a history of foreign travel, who came to a private hospital with coronavirus symptoms in the port city of Karachi.
According to the Health Ministry of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, the condition of the patient, who was unvaccinated, is stable.
Authorities are further investigating the patient's travel history.
South African scientists announced on Nov. 24 the discovery of the variant, which has several mutations.
#Pakistan detects first case of the new Covid-19 variant #Omicron - health ministry Official— Khurram Zubair (@khurramm_zubair) December 9, 2021
A private hospital in Karachi reported 1st case of the new #COVID19 variant 'Omicron' in a female patient.... Health department disclosed that the patient had arrived in Pak from abroad.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the new omicron variant, which it had declared a "variant of concern," has been detected in 57 countries so far.
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