National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has suggested imposing a complete lockdown in a bid to control the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 situation.
During NCOC’s meeting on Wednesday, Federal Planning Minister, Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said that “if the spread of the COVID-19 disease continues unabated, the government will have no option but to impose a complete lockdown in big cities.”
He added that the COVID-19 positivity ratio has crossed 33% in Mardan, 26% in Peshawar, 20% in Noshehra, 38% in Bahawalpur, 25% in Faisalabad, 27% in Lahore, 21% in Multan, 28% in Rawalpindi, 13% in Karachi, and 14% in Hyderabad.
While lamenting the public’s indifferent attitude in following the COVID-19 SOPs, the Minister warned the masses to start taking the COVID-19 disease seriously, otherwise, they would have to face strict lockdown restrictions.
The Minister also urged all provincial chief ministers to mobilize district administrations in ensuring full compliance of COVID-19 SOPs to stem the transmission of the disease, adding that the federal government will extend maximum support to all federating units in this regard.
NCOC’s recommendation will be presented for the final decision in the meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) that will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.