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No proof on Indian coronavirus variant reaching Pakistan: well being officers

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  • No proof triple mutant from India reached Pakistan, say Pakistani well being officers.
  • The Indian coronavirus variant has unfold to round 50 nations on the planet and now declared a ‘variant of concern’ and a world well being threat by the World Well being Group.
  • SAPM on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan says there isn’t a room for complacency at the moment because the positivity ratio continues to be very excessive in some cities.

KARACHI: There isn’t a proof to counsel that the triple mutant coronavirus variant from India or the B.1.617.2 variant has managed to succeed in Pakistan, say the nation high well being officers.

They stated prevention measures corresponding to decreased inbound journey, testing on arrival at airports and quarantine for many who check optimistic are in place.

“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 quarantine to ensure the variant dubbed as triple mutant or Indian variant does not manage to get into Pakistan,” Particular Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan instructed The Information.

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A number of well being specialists are urging the federal government to ban all direct or oblique flights from the UK in addition to Gulf states to forestall the entry of B.1.617.2 or Indian variant into Pakistan, which has unfold to round 50 nations on the planet and now declared a ‘variant of concern’ and a world well being threat by the World Well being Group (WHO).

“We don’t have documentation. Yet, to exclude anything in a country of 220 million is impossible,” Dr Sultan stated when questioned on how certain he’s if the Indian variant has not entered Pakistan.

Dr Sultan stated Pakistan had approached Thailand’s well being authorities by way of the Worldwide Well being Laws (IHR) mechanism to hunt particulars of a household, who that they had claimed contracted the Indian variant from Pakistan however added that to this point the Thai authorities had not offered any particulars to Pakistan.

Well being Director Normal Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar additionally stated the Indian variant had not managed to succeed in Pakistan but, however warned that it was ‘just a matter of time’ earlier than it spreads to many of the nations on the planet, together with Pakistan.

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He stated the danger is “enormous” because the Indian variant has already unfold to nearly 50 nations, together with our area. “The pace at which it is spreading is alarming. For all countries, it’s just a matter of time,” Dr Safdar stated.

No room for complacency: Dr Faisal Sultan

Commenting on easing restrictions within the nation from Monday, he reiterated that there isn’t a room for complacency at the moment because the positivity ratio continues to be very excessive in some cities.

Dr Sultan stated that instructional establishments had nonetheless not been opened to scale back transmission within the nation.

Responding to a question, Dr. Safdar, who’s an skilled of rising infectious ailments, additional stated: 

Can not let our guard down: Dr Rana Safdar

We can’t let our guard down, Dr Safdar stated, including that every one potential choices of slowing down the transmission by way of strict enforcement of NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions) and creating sturdy immunity wall by rapidly vaccinating all susceptible populations offers us the perfect probability of life normalisation and a safer exit from the coronavirus pandemic.

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He, nevertheless, claimed {that a} new research out of Oxford confirms present coronavirus vaccines work nicely in opposition to the B.1.617.2 variant. 

“AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses still create enough antibodies to neutralize B.1.617.2 and significantly diminish the risk of hospitalization and death. Researchers found B.1.617.2 is not as vaccine resistant as B.1.351 (South Africa) and reacts like B.1.1.7 and P.1. (Brazil) variants,” he stated.

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