ISLAMABAD - The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday revised its inbound policy, making full vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for all travelers arriving in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by the forum that serves as the nerve centre of the government’s unified strategy against the pandemic, the revised policy will come into effect from February 24 (today). “Inbound policy was reviewed at NCOC and following health / testing protocols will be applicable for inbound passengers with effect from 0001 PST, 24 February 2022,” the NCOC announced. Non-vaccinated individuals aged 12 and above will still require a negative PCR test before their flight, a maximum of 72 hours old. Full vaccination is mandatory for all inbound passengers.

According to the NCOC, inbound travellers aged below 12 are exempted from compulsory vaccination whereas passengers aged 12-18 can avail the exemption from vaccination till March 31 this year. The NCOC also announced that rapid tests will be conducted for deportees and non-vaccinated pedestrians at border terminals and those found Covid-19 positive will be quarantined for 10 days. Meanwhile, the country’s daily Covid-19 death toll witnessed a hike again after several days of decline as 43 people succumbed to the virus in a single day, the NCOC data showed on Wednesday. The country reported 1,232 new cases compared to Tuesday’s 961.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The national positivity rate during the last 24 hours stood at three percent. The country’s daily death count remained below the 40 mark for the last five days. The death toll remained at 30,096 as of Wednesday morning.

The national Covid-19 body said it conducted 41,744 diagnostic tests in the last 24 hours, of which 1,232 came back positive. The overall case count stood at 1,503,873. The number of active cases remained 64,262. Another 3,154 people have recovered from the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking Pakistan’s total number of recoveries to 1,409,515 while the number of critical patients stands at 1,230.