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Covid JN.1 on the rise in Pakistan with 15 confirmed cases, health ministry on high alert

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : According to the National Institute of Health’s National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), the health ministry has verified 15 cases of the JN.1 variation of Covid-19 in the country.

The World Health Organization has designated JN.1, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variety, as a “variant of interest” because it is highly contagious and has spread to over 40 nations.

Dr. Nadeem Jan, caretaker health minister, said that the situation is being closely monitored, with strong cooperation among border health services, as well as national and provincial health agencies. With an excellent screening system in place at international entrance and departure ports, the health ministry is immediately taking efforts to safeguard the public from the new variety, according to the health minister’s spokesperson.

Reportedly, the NIH lab detected eight of the 15 reported cases, while Karachi’s Aga Khan University Hospital and Dow University of Health Sciences identified five and two, respectively.

To combat the spread of JN.1, preventative measures such as social isolation, mask use, and increased border screening have been strengthened, in addition to the federal government’s decision to purchase 500,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.