NIH decides to launch a ‘massive’ countrywide COVID-19 testing drive

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has finalized arrangements to launch a “massive” countrywide COVID-19 testing drive at educational institutions to stem the spread of new Omicron Covid variant cases

According to the sources, the NIH has decided to commence large-scale coronavirus testing at educational institutions across the country and the campaign will continue for two weeks.

The health ministry also decided to close educational institutions for one week reporting the highest Covid-19 positivity ratio, sources added.

Meanwhile, the NIH has also declared Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for students aged 12 years and above, while the non-vaccinated students have to show medical exemption certificates, said sources. The development comes after coronavirus cases increased in educational institutions.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) yesterday decided against closing schools in light of rising cases of Covid-19.

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