Will Pakistan Go In Lockdown Again? NCOC Hints
Strict steps will be taken to control the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) hinted.
Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar chaired an NCOC meeting where he expressed his grave concerns on the increase in coronavirus positive cases in the country. The chief secretaries of all provinces also virtually attended the session.
In the NCOC meeting, it was discussed that the Covid19 pandemic is being thoroughly monitored and if no improvement in SOPs (standard operating procedures) compliance is found, there will be no chance but to make serious decisions.
According to NCOC, steps like shutting down the services or other strict curbing actions can be imposed again if SOPs are ignored.
There has been a rapid and continuous upward spiral in the coronavirus cases because of negligence in following SOPs. The death tolls have also surged along with the increase in the number of cases, NCOC said.
The provincial secretaries have been strictly guided to ensure that the standard operating procedures are being followed, and advised them to take strict steps like heavy fines in case of a breach.
The secretaries were further advised to increase the monitoring in the market, wedding halls, public transport, and eateries.
In the last 24 hours, the coronavirus pandemic claimed the lives of 19 more people, raising the number of death to 6,692.
On Tuesday, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that results of recklessly ignoring SOPs have started to show as covid19 death rate has increased by 140% in the last week compared to stats in previous weeks.