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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Omicron: Pakistan bans entry from 7 countries amid new Covid variant

Pakistan has imposed a complete ban on entry from seven countries amid discovery of a new variant of coronavirus – Omicron.

In a notification, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said that the new variant was first found in South Africa.

It added the restrictions imposed on countries including Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, besides Hong Kong.

The NCOC explained that these countries had been put into category C that includes states from where people face curbs and can only visit Pakistan under specific NCOC guidelines following the emergence of the Omicron variant in South Africa and its stretch to adjacent regions.

Therefore, a complete ban has been put in place on direct and indirect inbound visits from these countries with forthwith effect.

The NCOC has also requested people to take extreme Covid-19 precautions in connection with the new strain of virus.

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