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Rapid Antigen Test: Pakistan will conduct RAT for passengers coming in from Gulf

Passengers flying from Gulf states and Saudi Arabia will be randomly checked (Rapid Antigen Test) at Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad airports starting Saturday, only days after Pakistan’s first case of Omicron sub-variant was discovered.

In the aftermath of the Omicron sub-variant, the National Institute of Health’s Centre for Disease Control in Islamabad encouraged authorities to keep a close check on surveillance and monitoring at entry points.

Rapid Antigen Testing will be performed on 10 to 15 passengers arriving on planes with a minimum capacity of 150 seats and between 15 and 20 passengers arriving on planes with a minimum capacity of 250 seats at first.

On May 10, Pakistan detected its first case of Omicron sub-variant, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced.

The National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which was tackling Covid-19 in Pakistan, was shut down on March 31.

On March 16, NCOC decided to lift all the Covid-19 related restrictions amid the decline in cases.

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