Omicron varinat ‘Vaccination, screening at Pak-Afghan border beefed up’

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Amid concerns over the spread of Omicron variant, the government has beefed up vaccination and testing measures for travellers from Afghanistan coming through Pak-Afghan Border (Torkham Border).

According to the provincial health ministry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, the number of medics at the Pak-Afghan border have been doubled while a 130-bed isolation facility has also been established at Landi Kotal hospital.

“Vaccination and screening of travellers from Afghanistan are ongoing and they are only allowed to enter the country after undergoing a COVID test,” the director of public health said and added that they were also administered a single dose of the vaccine.

The official shared that those testing positive for COVID are barred from entering into Pakistan. “We have also appointed medics at the Peshawar airport for the proper screening process,” the director said.

 

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