National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed the presence of a number of Coronavirus variants in Pakistan.
According to the NCOC, Alpha, Beta, and Delta variants of Coronavirus that first originated from the UK, Brazil, and India respectively have been detected in the country in May and June.
The Federal Health Ministry had tasked the National Institute of Health (NIH) to monitor the presence of different strains of Coronavirus in Pakistan. The NIH is doing it by conducting whole-genome sequencing of the samples of COVID-19 patients.
NIH also shares the data with its Field Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Division and other relevant national stakeholders for response activities such as quarantine and contact tracing.
On the other, SAPM to Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, has warned that the Coronavirus situation in the country has started worsening.
Taking to Twitter, the SAPM penned that although small, a definitive uptick in COVID-19 cases was witnessed last week, urging the public to get vaccinated, use facemasks, and avoid crowded places.
Covid data from last week show small but definitive uptick in cases, percentage positivity and other parameters.
Masks, avoidance of large crowds and continued vaccination remain crucial tools in this work
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) July 5, 2021