The Gryphon (Omicron XBB) and BF.7 COVID-19 variations, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variety found in China, India, Bangladesh, Japan, the US, Australia, and Denmark, have raised concerns with the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA).
In a statement released on Saturday, PMA (Centre) Secretary General Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro said, “Although the country’s corona situation is under control and the COVID-19 positivity ratio is 0.5%, the government should increase its vigilance and take all necessary preventive measures to avoid the spread of new variants in the country.”
PMA recommends that the government enact stringent security precautions at airports and other border crossings. COVID-19 vaccine should be required for both domestic and foreign travel. Passengers who exhibit symptoms should be segregated and given PCR tests.
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