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NCOC decides to tighten SOPs amid surge in coronavirus cases

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ISLAMABAD: On Monday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) decided to further strengthen the implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the coronavirus across the country.

According to the details, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reform and Special Initiatives and NCOC head Asad Umar chaired a key meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country.

During the meeting, participants decided not to close educational institutions, while also discussing the process of expediting coronavirus vaccinations.

The members directed the concerned authorities to ensure full implementation on the coronavirus SOPs.

Earlier in the day, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood chaired a meeting of Inter-Provincial Education Ministers via video link and reviewed the situation following surge in coronavirus cases.

The participants decided to not close educational institutions.

In a statement, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas told that the students have been strictly directed to wear masks and inoculate themselves against coronavirus to enter the schools. classes for children under the age of 12 years will be allowed with 50 per cent attendance, he added.

Pakistan, on the other hand, reported seven deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as the number of positive cases surged to 1,328,487. The national death toll has jumped to 29,019.

According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 4,340 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths, followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Till now 13,090 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 7,697 in Sindh 5,960 in KP, 969 in Islamabad, 749 in Azad Kashmir, 367 in Balochistan, and 187 in GB.

Furthermore, 502,500 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 453,392 in Punjab, 182,311 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 111,376 in Islamabad, 34,758 in Azad Kashmir, 33,705 in Balochistan and 10,445 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Pakistan has so far conducted 24,186,508 coronavirus tests and 49,809 in the last 24 hours. 1,263,791 patients have recovered in the country whereas 781 patients are in critical condition.

The COVID-19 positivity ratio was recorded at 8.71 percent.

So far, 101,457,925 people have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine including 332,969 in last 24 hours. 76,649,649 citizens have been fully vaccinated while 462,614 received their second dose in last 24 hours.

In the past 24 hours, there have been 166,837,089 total doses administered, of which 753,282 were administered.

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