On Monday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) decided to once again implement tight restrictions amid the third wave of Coronavirus in Pakistan.
Current cases of coronavirus in the country are increasing day by day due to which schools have already been closed and now tightening of other activities amid coronavirus increasing cases is under consideration. However, very few people seem to be following Standard Operating Procedures.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Twitter said: “In the NCOC meeting this morning we decided to increase restrictions of activities contributing to the sharp increase in covid positivity. The provincial & ICT administration was also directed to tighten implementation of sop’s and the crackdown on violations which are taking place.”
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives had dismissed rumors that the country was heading towards a “complete lockdown”. The NCOC chief while speaking to the media on Saturday said,
“Complete lockdown is not the solution,” he said. “We tried to explain that to people during the first wave [of the coronavirus] but they did not understand. You cannot shut down the entire country and steal people’s livelihoods,” added the minister.
Moreover, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood has said that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) did not believe in opening schools and believed that there’s a high risk of coronavirus in schools. He added that we did not close schools despite pressure from health authorities.
“NCOC believed that there’s a high risk of COVID-19 spread in schools. 50 million children are linked with education and if someone got infected, the disease would spread.”
However, the Federal Education Minister said that an important meeting is going to be held on Wednesday that will decide whether to reopen or further close educational institutions.