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Pakistan Implements Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has announced a measure concerning the COVID testing of individuals arriving from overseas.

As per health authorities, the NCOC has opted to administer coronavirus tests to 2% of incoming travelers from foreign nations, to manage the spread of the recently identified coronavirus variant, “JN.1,” which has surfaced globally. Authorities have indicated that compulsory COVID testing will be enforced for 2% of arriving travelers at airports. 

To facilitate this, the National Institute of Health (NIH) will supply rapid diagnostic kits for COVID testing, given the current absence of such kits at most major airports in the country. Officials stated that, as of now, there have been no documented instances of the recently identified J.1 variant of COVID in Pakistan. Nevertheless, the surge in COVID cases, as suggested by advisory findings, could potentially escalate the strain on hospitals and medical facilities.

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