Five travelers from Saudi Arabia test positive for COVID-19 at Karachi airport

As many as five more travelers coming from Saudi Arabia have tested positive for COVID-19 at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on Thursday.

According to sources, the tests came positive after authorities conducted rapid antigen tests of the passengers coming from Saudi Arabia.

“They have been shifted to a quarantine centre in Korangi from Karachi airport,” they said adding that a genome sequencing on samples collected from them would also be conducted in order to ascertain if they are being infected by an Omicron variant or not.

The nationwide case tally of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has reached 75, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed on Tuesday.

According to the NIH data, Karachi has reported 33 omicron cases, 17 cases were reported in Islamabad, 13 in Lahore and 12 cases of Omicron were detected in people coming from abroad.

The NIH said that authorities are conducting contact tracing to prevent the further spread of omicron variant in the country.

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