Four cases of JN.1, a sub-variant of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported in Pakistan. 

The health authorities have also confirmed the detection of a highly contagious variant saying that the four affected people, who entered the country from abroad, had mild symptoms and they recovered from the illness on their own.

According to a representative of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS,R&C), the individuals afflicted with the disease tested positive for COVID-19, and upon doing genome sequencing, it was discovered that they carried a JN.1 sub-variant infection.

The World Health Organisation has declared the Omicron’s JN.1 sub-variant as a Variant of Interest (VoI), and it is quickly displacing other Omicron sub-variants globally.

A few days ago, Pakistan’s health authorities mandated that 2% of all incoming passengers undergo COVID-19 testing. They also began sending samples for genome sequencing in order to identify the JN.1 sub-variant, which has been linked to death in neighbouring India and other countries.