ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) decided on Wednesday to close markets, shopping malls, restaurants and wedding halls across the country before 10 pm due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
In the new Coronavirus Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), NCOC stipulates that it will be worn nationwide starting tomorrow [Thursday].
Medical stores, clinics and hospitals will continue to operate.
Earlier today, the forum directed the provinces to ensure compliance of wearing of face masks and other standard operating procedures (SOPs) against Covid-19 particularly in markets, shopping malls, public transport and restaurants.
Currently, 343 smart locks have been implemented nationwide.
On the other hand, Pakistan reported 14 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 330,200. The total number of deaths nationwide has jumped to 6,759.
According to the latest data from NCOC, 825 people were tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours.
In terms of individual cases, Sindh is still the province most affected by the pandemic, followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
Till now 144,449 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 103,314 in Punjab, 39,189 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,300 in Islamabad, 15,859 in Balochistan, 3,889 in Azad Kashmir and 4,200 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore 2,604 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Sindh, 2,342 in Punjab, 1,271 in KP, 149 in Balochistan, 214 in Islamabad, 92 in GB and 87 in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 4,347,155 coronavirus tests and 29,477 tests in the past 24 hours. The country has recovered 311,814 coronavirus patients, while 611 patients are in critical condition.
On October 21, NCOC stated that it will closely monitor the current COVID situation. If the observed standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance does not improve, NCOC will have no choice but to take strict measures again to reclose services.
The forum said that the disease has revived and the number of deaths has increased.
It added that during the meeting, all persons in charge were required to strictly enforce the SOP and take strict penalties for violations of the SOP.
The Forum noted that perceived High risk sectors of transport, markets, marriage halls, restaurants, public gatherings would be given special focus.
Moreover, administrative actions would be initiated against SOPs’ violators whereas wearing of face mask and social distancing must be ensured, the Forum said.