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‘Fully prepared’ to deal with coronavirus sub-variants: health authorities

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is fully prepared to deal with any sub-variant of the deadly coronavirus, including BF.7 if it reaches the country, health authorities said Monday.

An efficient system with a proper management team is fully functional and is ready to make an emergency plan in case of any untoward situation, sources at the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination said. They said that surveillance systems are in place at all entry points of the country, including airports. They added medical staff at intensive care units (ICU) of hospitals across the country were also active to handle any situation.

The sources said that genome sequencing was started in laboratories of all four provinces and the federal capital. They added that 90% of the country’s population already got the COVID-19 vaccine, so they “are safe”.

They said that special directions have been issued to ensure the availability of an adequate quantity of ventilators, oxygen supply, and antiviral medicines in the hospitals.

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