PM Khan makes a major announcement after an important NCOC session

Lahore, 23rd April: After an alarming increase in coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the citizens to strictly follow the coronavirus SOPs.

PM Imran Khan said that if we do not take precautions, in the next two weeks our situation will be like that in India.

Citizens should ensure the implementation of COVID-19 SOPs if they want to avoid a complete lockdown. He said that wearing a mask solves half of the problem.

The premier said that if the situation gets out of control, tough decisions will have to be taken. We will have to close the major cities if the situation becomes the same as in India.

Prime Minister addressed the nation after chairing an important meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Friday, where the decision was expected to be taken regarding imposing a complete lockdown in areas with a positivity ratio of more than 10%.

PM Khan said that a complete lockdown will not be implemented as yet as the working class and businesses will be affected severely.

PM Khan notified that people have slackened in following the safety rules during the third wave, after which he announced that the government will now take assistance from the Pakistan Army to help implement SOPs in the country.

The decision announced today in NCC Meeting.

1. Classes 9-12 to also remain closed till Eid
2. Markets will close at 6 pm and will not open after Iftar
3. Outdoor dining also banned till Eid
4. Army to assist police in ensuring public’s compliance with Covid SOPs
5. Office hours till 2 pm
6. Lockdown policy will be chalked out with the Collaboration of Provincial Govt.

It has also been announced that indoor and outdoor dining both are prohibited. Educational institutions will be closed in the cities where the number of coronavirus cases is high. Office timing has been cut down till 2 pm.

The latest figures released by the National Command & Operation Center (NCOC) have shown that 144 people have died from coronavirus in the last 24-hours alone, with active cases confirmed to be 84,976 across Pakistan.

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