Pakistan to Screen International Passengers for COVID-19 Variant


by Naba Batool

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According to the latest report, Pakistan is all set to install a new surveillance system that will monitor all the entry points for incoming passengers amidst the rising alarm of the new BF.7 omicron variant of COVID-19.

This measure has been taken by health officials as the region is plagued is by cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks. There has been an active installation of thermal scanners at all the entry points of the airports across the whole country.

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination comment that this necessary measure is taken to prevent the possible spread of the virus in the country.


In a press release, their representative said that an "efficient system with a proper management team is fully functional.” The health authorities are also gearing up to ensure a due diligent emergency plan that can not only control the pandemic situation but also prevent it to get any worse.

When asked what if the situation does not turn out to what ministers are anticipating he said that the health system is "fully prepared to deal with any sub-variant” of the Omicron variant, including BF.7, in the country.”

There have been red alerts in hospitals all across the country with special emphasis on private hospitals such as Quaid e Azam hospital, Kulsum international hospital, and Shifa International hospital.

The government has strictly ordered to ensure the presence of medical staff at the ICU at all possible moments. Furthermore, the country has also kickstarted genome sequencing to double-check the status of vaccination in the general masses.

He said that "Ninety percent of the country’s population has already received the Covid-19 vaccine so they are safe,

In the meanwhile, NIH has reported 26 active cases and a positivity ratio of 0.75%