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Another lockdown? NCOC issues final warning COVID-19 is slipping out of control

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On Wednesday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), which oversees Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic warned that Pakistan is fast reaching the point where no chance would be left except to impose lockdown again.

It warned that now is the immediate and urgent need to ensure the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for coronavirus prevention. There has been a clear resurgence in virus cases and deaths, NCOC noted.

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“NCOC is closely monitoring the situation. If there is no improvement in SOPs compliance observed, NCOC will have no choice but to revert to strict measures leading to re-closures of services,” read a statement issued by the body Wednesday afternoon. 

The statement said the NCOC, during a special session held to monitor the increasing, had noted a “clear resurgence in coronavirus” and made notes that death rate is raising due to coronavirus. The chief secretaries, who attended the meeting, were directed to “strictly implement” SOPs.

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It also directed officials to put a “special focus” on the perceived high-risk sectors of transport, markets, marriage halls, restaurants and public gatherings. “Wearing of mask and social distancing must be ensured. Administrative actions be initiated against violators,” the NCOC told the chief secretaries .

Asad Umar took to twitter to highlight the deteriorating situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, “Last week daily COVID-19 mortality was 12. This is a 140% increase vs few weeks back. We are collectively committing a blunder by recklessly ignoring all sop’s & the results have started to show. If we do not change our current path we will lose both lives and livelihoods,” he tweeted.

Moreover, Last week, the minister warned the public to follow SOPs or the government will have to re-impose lockdown across the country.

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