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A view of the border fence exterior the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan. Pakistan, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz
  • NCOC critiques border administration protocols with neighbouring Afghanistan and Iran.
  • The revised coverage shall be efficient from midnight Could 4-5 until midnight Could 19-20.
  • In response to the NCOC assertion, Border Terminals will stay open for seven days per week.

The Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday reviewed border administration protocols with neighbouring Afghanistan and Iran as new Covid-19 variants emerge within the area. 

“The current policy of Land Border Management with Afghanistan and Iran has been reviewed to ensure regulated inbound pedestrian movement and effective management of COVID protocols at Border Terminals(BTS),” learn the assertion issued by Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The revised coverage shall be efficient from midnight Could 4-5 until midnight  Could 19-20. The coverage will solely be relevant to inbound pedestrians with no impact on the present cargo/commerce (bilateral / Afghan Transit Commerce) motion.

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In response to the NCOC assertion, border terminals (BTs) will stay open for seven days per week. “Employment strength of LEAs/health staff at BTs will be increased for implementation of testing protocols and to control high traffic density,” learn the assertion.

The coronavirus monitoring physique stated inbound pedestrian motion would stop with impact from midnight Could 4-5 excluding Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan and Iran who want to return to their nation and in excessive medical emergency instances and so forth.

It additionally stated that every one outbound pedestrian motion is permissible.

Highlighting the testing and quarantining protocols, NCOC stated inbound pedestrians will endure Speedy Antigen Take a look at(RAT). Constructive instances (for Pakistani nationals solely) shall be shifted to close by quarantine amenities.

“Inbound pedestrian with Afghan exemptions will also undergo RAT testing at BTs. Positive cases, if any, will be reverted back to Afghanistan,” learn the NCOC assertion.

It additionally stated that thermal scanning for all drivers and co-drivers shall be carried out on arrival on the BTs. Symptomatic instances will endure RAT testing, optimistic instances shall be handled as per the process spelled above.    

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