With constant flagrant violations of SOPs amid the rising number of Coronavirus cases, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has warned to shut down different high-risk sectors once again.
NCOC, in a special meeting attended by all Chief Secretaries to assess the rising infection trends, declared the transport sector, markets, marriage halls, restaurants, and public gatherings as high-risk areas.
According to the official statement issued by the Ministry of National Health Services, NCOC has directed provinces to implement special measures to ensure adherence to SOPs to curb the resurgence of Coronavirus.
NCOC will closely monitor the situation and will take action if the situation does not ameliorate, the statement added.
Besides, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, has said that there has been a clear resurgence of Coronavirus recently with the rise in confirmed cases and deaths.
He added that the Coronavirus situation is deteriorating in Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, and Gilgit.
Dr. Faisal warned that the country could be faced with a similar situation as witnessed in June due to blatant disregard of the Coronavirus SOPs by the public.
If the masses continue to violate health protocols, we can face a similar situation as seen in June this year. It is our collective responsibility to avoid such a situation from arising.
He urged the public to exercise face mask-wearing and handwashing practices while ensuring social distancing and avoiding crowded spaces.
While recalling that the world had lauded Pakistan for containing the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Faisal said that the next two weeks are vital in the fight against Coronavirus that would determine whether or not businesses would remain open.
Earlier this week, Federal Minister for Planning, Asad Umar, revealed that the daily Coronavirus mortality rate in Pakistan had increased by 140% in comparison with the previous few weeks, adding that this is a direct outcome of flouting all COVID-19 SOPs and guidelines.
Last week, the Minister had said that the government is considering to re-impose lockdown to curb the resurgence of Coronavirus in the country, urging the masses to adhere to COVID-19 SOPs and take precautionary measures such as face masks and social distancing to avoid falling prey to the deadly virus.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 736 new Coronavirus cases and 10 deaths. Overall, Pakistan has witnessed 325,480 cases and 6,702 deaths due to Coronavirus.