The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced the ease of coronavirus restrictions on Friday, ordering the reopening of shrines and cinemas for completely vaccinated citizens across Pakistan.
The nerve centre of Pakistan’s Covid-19 response – NCOC – the decision to wilt away Covid-19 curbs was taken during a meeting intended to review the pandemic scenario in the country.
Meanwhile, Asad Umar – the Federal Development, Planning, and Special Initiatives Minister – who is also the head of the NCOC, pressed upon the citizens to get vaccinated.
Laying forth the results of a survey by Gallup Pakistan, he said: “As per the survey, 86 percent of the population believe that Pakistan could overcome the virus soon. We are very thankful to the masses from the bottom of our hearts for placing their confidence in us. This feat would only be possible if our masses get vaccinated at the earliest. Otherwise, there is a huge risk of the spread of the virus at the arrival of winter.”
NCOC said the number of guests allowed to take part in indoor weddings had been increased from 200 to 300. Meanwhile, 500 can take part in outdoor weddings.
However, the NCOC said non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), imposed in districts with high Covid-19 cases, would stay in place till October 21.
As per the NCOC, about 1,086 Covid-19 cases and a total of 27 deaths have been reported from across the country over the past 24 hours.
It merits mentioning that The NPIs will be reevaluated in an NCOC meet on October 28.
The revised guidelines have come in place as the country continues to see a dip in the Covid-19 positivity rate – at two percent reported today (Friday).
It must be remembered that last week, the NCOC allowed the resumption of complete on-campus attendance for schools from October 11.