NCOC imposes fresh restrictions in bid to stop COVID spread

Jan 19, 2022: After the latest Meeting at the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the forum announced new restrictions.

The NCOC said that the new restrictions were decided in consultation with the provinces. Indoor celebrations have been banned in cities with a rate of more than 10% and indoor celebrations in cities with rates below 10%.

300 people will be able to attend in door events, 500 people outdoor in cities with less than 10% rate, children under 12 will go to schools with SOPs in educational institutions, furthermore, the new restrictions will be reviewed on January 27.

Only fully vaccinated will be able to attend indoor events. Restrictions will apply from January 20 to 31. NPIs related to wedding halls will apply until February 15.

The NCOC says that in cities with a rate of less than 10%, fully vaccinated people will be able to go to the cinema 100%. In cities with a rate of more than 10%, fully vaccinated people will be able to go to the cinema for 50%. And parks will remain open with 50% capacity. 70% fully vaccinated people will be able to travel on public transport.

The decisions were taken during an NCOC session held today in Islamabad with Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in the chair, a statement from the forum said.

In addition to public gatherings, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday also revised coronavirus SOPs for education and other sectors as the country battles the fifth wave of the pandemic.

For cities and districts with positivity higher than 10%, the classes for children under 12 years will continue on “staggered” days, that is classes will be conducted daily for fully-vaccinated students above 12 years of age.

As for cities and districts which have a positivity ratio of up to 10%, the classes will continue as usual, but with stringent COVID-19 protocols intact, as per NCOC’s guidelines.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to intensify the Corona vaccination campaign. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar said that the process of giving booster dose to the citizens should be ensured in all cases. It is a matter of concern that the Punjab government is taking all possible steps to protect the lives of the citizens. The administrative machinery, the health department, the police and the concerned departments are on high alert to deal with Corona.

The public is advised that the fifth wave of corona requires more caution. It is important to maintain social distance in public places. Effective implementation of SOPs will minimize the spread of the disease. People are urged to protect their lives and to follow government guidelines for safety.

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