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Pakistan to Enforce Guidelines Amid Rising Cases of COVID-19

Author: Hamna Bano
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Pakistan is all set to reinforce the NCOC guidelines as COVID-19 cases take a spike.

Taking into account the rising cases of COVID-19, Pakistan has decided to implement the National Command and Operations Centre guidelines. This is happening to control the recent spread of COVID-19.

The National Command and Operations Centre is a body in charge of all the efforts and policies made for COVID-19. NCOC has also suggested to the Prime Minister’s National Coordination Committee to take action timely to respond to the new wave emerging.

The Prime Minister has also expressed concerns over the emerging cases of COVID-19 and has ordered the implementation of the safety measures as soon as possible.

After chairing a meeting with NCOC at the PM House, a statement by the PM was issued where he wanted to revive the virus’s response forum.

After running the operations for two years, NCOC stopped functioning at the end of March. Then it was handed over to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the role was passed on.

Now, this decision of reviving the NCOC guidelines comes as the daily count is crossing the 500-mark for the first time in three months. A constant rise has been reported countrywide, showed the NIH’s data.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has reached up to 641 overnight, taking Pakistan’s positivity rate above 3 percent. This new data was reported after performing 18,813 diagnostic tests. Meanwhile, the number of patients in the ICU has reached above the total of 100. On the other hand, two have lost their lives in the last 24 hours.

 

After the orders to the district and provincial authorities to implement protective measures, the PM enforced to take the steps before the situation worsens. During a press conference, Health Minister Qadir Patel said that “the public will have to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) till the coronavirus is prevalent.”

"We are mulling over strategies for religious gatherings as the threat of rising coronavirus cases still persists," he added.

The minister also said that the government will also be increasing the tests as the only ones getting tested were the ones with symptoms.