Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that there is no evidence to suggest that the triple mutant COVID-19 variant from India or the B.1.617.2 variant has managed to reach Pakistan..
According to the health officials prevention measures such as reduced inbound travel, testing on arrival at airports and isolation for those who test positive are in place.
The SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan said that “We have reduced inbound air traffic by 80% and we are asking all passengers to get tested before boarding while they are also being tested on arrival, We are keeping those testing positive in isolation to ensure the variant dubbed as triple mutant or Indian variant does not manage to get into Pakistan,”
Health experts are requesting the government to ban all direct or indirect flights from the United Kingdom as well as Gulf states to prevent the entry of B.1.617.2 or Indian variant into Pakistan, which has spread to around 50 countries in the world and now declared a ‘variant of concern’ and a global health risk by the World Health Organization (WHO).
While responding to a question on how sure he is if the Indian variant has not entered Pakistan, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that “We don’t have documentation, Yet, to exclude anything in a country of 220 million is impossible,”
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