Islamabad: The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Wednesday decided to close cinemas, theaters and shrines immediately after the second wave of coronavirus, while recommending a ban on public gatherings of more than 500 people.
Federal Planning, Development and Special Planning Minister Asad Umar chaired the NCOC meeting and pointed out that urgent measures must be taken to save lives. The minister said that the number of COVID-19 cases has nearly tripled.
The meeting briefly introduced Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and discussed an increasing number of cases in the country’s 16 major cities. The situation of educational institutions is also analyzed.
Earlier today, Asad Umar took to Twitter and said the NCOC has once again recommended to ban all large public gatherings.
“Rapid increase in positivity requires urgent steps to save lives & livelihoods. Since mid October, when NCC first considered the NCOC recommendation to ban large public gatherings daily cases have nearly tripled.
“The national political leadership across the political spectrum needs to demonstrate leadership to send a message to the entire nation for taking preventive steps and follow sop’s.
“Consensus needed in NCC for taking this decision, which has been delayed due to lack of consensus.”
On the other hand, Pakistan reported 21 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 348,184. The cumulative number of deaths across the country jumped to 7,021.
According to the latest data from NCOC, 1,708 people have been tested positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours.
Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
Till now 151,352 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 107,831 in Punjab, 41,069 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,195 in Balochistan, 22,432 in Islamabad, 4,911 in Azad Kashmir and 4,394 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore 2,690 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Sindh, 2,429 in Punjab, 1,294 in KP, 154 in Balochistan, 247 in Islamabad, 93 in GB and 114 in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 4,773,496 coronavirus tests and 31,989 in last 24 hours. 320,065 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,109 patients are in critical condition.