PESHAWAR: Authorities have started identification of suspected coronavirus passengers through sniffer dogs at Peshawar Airport.

The sniffer dogs have been specifically trained to identify coronavirus infection in international travellers. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) sent a team to Peshawar Airport to monitor the medical inspection of passengers from two inbound airplanes.

According to a briefing given to the NCOC team, rapid antigen testing is also carried out on travellers arriving in Peshawar from abroad.

The team says COVID detection methods at the Peshawar Airport were good. Airport Manager Obaidullah Abbasi said coronavirus infection was being diagnosed among passengers using sniffer dogs. He said incoming passengers at the airport are given swab tests, following which a trained dog sniffs the wipe for the virus. He said if the dog sits down after smelling the sample, the person is pronounced corona positive.

With the help of sniffer dogs, coronavirus has been detected in four travellers at Peshawar Airport so far. They suspected patients were taken to a hospital and placed in quarantine.

73 more die of corona in Pakistan

As many as 73 more people died of coronavirus in Pakistan during the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 20,680 throughout the country.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the corona positivity rate fell below 4.42 percent for the fifth day in a row on Saturday. The NCOC said that 2,455 new infections were confirmed during the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of cases to 916,239.

As many as 836,702 recoveries have been reported from the disease in Pakistan, as 2,136 more people recovered during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, 4,083 virus patients are in critical condition throughout the country.

According to provincial break-up of cases, Sindh has recorded 315,410 cases so far, Punjab 338,377, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 131,775, Islamabad 81,007, Balochistan 25,001, Azad Jammu and Kashmir19,108, and Gilgit Baltistan 5,561 cases.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 364 new corona cases in the last 24 hours and 18 more fatalities. The province’s death toll has reached 4,043. Meanwhile, Balochistan has recorded 93 new cases. Punjab reported 35 deaths more, taking the total number of fatalities to 9,960.



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