The Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) has formulated a complete nationwide coverage to start out fast antigen testing to include the second wave of Coronavirus.
The choice has been taken as a result of most laboratories give COVID-19 prognosis leads to as much as 72 hours, considerably rising the probabilities of the transmission of the virus.
In a latest assembly of the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), NIH Govt Director, Main Basic Aamer Ikram, revealed that the coverage relies on suggestions of the World Well being Group (WHO).
He added that every one provinces are onboard to efficiently implement the fast antigen testing coverage to curb the unfold of the Coronavirus.
Below the coverage, all government-authorized public sector laboratories can be allowed to conduct antigen exams.
The choice of whether or not to permit personal laboratories to carry out antigen exams to reinforce the testing capability of public labs rests with provincial governments. Furthermore, solely these personal labs can be allowed to conduct antigen exams which are already performing PCR exams.
In line with the Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies (NHS), Coronavirus circumstances throughout the nation have declined by 27% since final week.
A spokesperson for the NHS Ministry, Sajid Shah, has attributed this downward pattern to the closure of instructional establishments and good lockdowns within the virus hotspots.
He requested the plenty to behave responsibly and cling to COVID-19 SOPs to assist the authorities in controlling the transmission of the viral an infection.
In the meantime, the nationwide positivity ratio has dropped to six%, in response to the NCOC knowledge.
The place impartial positivity charges are involved, Mirpur, with 20.62%, has the best positivity ratio in Pakistan. Mirpur is adopted by Peshawar with 19.58% and Hyderabad with 19.03%.