ISLAMABAD - Omicron severity can be fought only with accelerated vaccination process and by taking precautions robustly, says Abrar-ul-Haq, Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

In a statement to media, Abrar-ul-Haq said that Omicron variant has reminded us that the pandemic is far from over, it is therefore essential that people get the vaccine immediately and revisit mask-wearing. “I urge every individual to get both jabs on priority basis. Those already vaccinated should get booster jab too to immunize against COVID-19 variant,” he added.

He said Pakistan Red Crescent Society is vigorously active in facilitating public in fight against the deadly virus as more than 700,000 people have been vaccinated through PRCS static and door-to-door vaccination campaign in 17 districts of Pakistan. “Efforts of PRCS against the virus are continued through nationwide awareness campaigns, vaccination drives, provision of hygiene kits and, edibles to low income households, support to front liners in collaboration with Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners,” he added.

According to World Health Organisation, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in more than 90 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad.

Abrar-ul-Haq said more than three hundred Omicron patients have been diagnosed positive so far in the country in different cities including Lahore and Karachi and Islamabad which is very alarming.