The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, has urged the government to adopt a zero-risk approach in its efforts to stop the entry of the deadly delta variant.

The Opposition Leader says that what the Prime Minister highlighted during his speech on Monday seem to imply that with additional preparations our quarantine stations should be able to contain delta should it reach our shores.

The Opposition Leader said that the ideal situation is that delta is not allowed into the country at all.

“If that is the ideal then it is important that SOPs are framed towards achieving it. From experience so far, early tests can be misleading in that some cases can return negative test results even when they are infected.

“At the very least, it is important that the Prime Minister clearly explains to the nation what additional preparations have been made that gives him the confidence that delta can be contained within quarantine stations if it is imported,” said Hon. Wale.

The Opposition Leader further calls on the government to be wary of the ‘lambda variant’ now making headway in South America and in at least 120 countries, adding that this is reported to be also highly transmissible.

Wale says that it is therefore important that the government regularly conducts risk analysis to ensure that there is zero risk in importing any variant of COVID-19.

The Opposition Leader said it is also important that the government develop the capacity locally to do genome sequencing to identify the types of variants, as this will have a direct impact on the type and severity of responses.

Source: Opposition Press