As per recent developments, Pakistan has banned travel from 6 African countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, and Hong Kong, over concerns with the latest COVID-19 variant.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) tweeted on the 27th of November and advised citizens to follow SOPs seriously due to the emergence of a new variant.
The tweet said, “Please ensure that your vaccination is complete (both doses in case of two-dose vaccine), wear a mask, and isolate yourself / get tested in case of any symptoms!”
Due to emergence of new Variant ‘Omicron’ in various countries, it is imperative to follow SOPs seriously. Please ensure that your Vaccination is complete (both doses in case of two dose vaccine), wear Mask and isolate yourself / get tested in case of any symptoms! Stay Safe!!!
— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) November 27, 2021
In a tweet, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, announced the news. He wrote, “Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued to restrict travel from 6 south African countries and Hong Kong.”
He added that the emerging variants of the deadly virus have made it even more critical to vaccinate eligible citizens and older. “The emergence of a new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older.”
Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued restrict travel from 6 south african countries and Hong Kong. The emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older.
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 27, 2021
On the 28th of November, governments across the globe rushed to ban travel from chosen countries to contain the new and heavily mutated COVID-19 variant. The variant has now been named Omicron and is referred to as highly infectious. This variant may force the world to impose restrictions on travel and the daily lives of citizens once again, which many hoped was a thing of the past.
Israel has already slammed its borders shut to Australia and foreign nationals. The developments were made after the first case of the variant was reported in Australia. Several other countries, including Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have also announced that they will be restricting travel from southern Africa, where the variant was first detected.
On the other side, scientists are working day in and day out to determine whether the newly found strain can evade existing vaccines.
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COVID-19 has genuinely shown the real faces of people in a time of dire need. While some have turned their faces from the ones struggling during this unprecedented time, others have worked selflessly towards the cause of helping others; after all, the only way to survive this pandemic is to lift each other. One such woman from Lahore, Syeda Ooje Fatima Rizvi, has set a mission to provide free nutritious meals to COVID-19 patients and their families for free. Yes, you heard that right!
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