NCOC meeting regarding the situation of Covid-19 in Pakistan, PM Imran Khan defers lockdown, seeks Pak Army’s help in enforcing COVID-19 SOPs.
A meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) was held today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair to review the current coronavirus situation in the country and take a decision on imposing lockdown in cities with a high positivity ratio.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday delayed imposing a broad lockdown and wanted help from the Pakistan Army in the enforcement of coronavirus SOPs.
He (PM Imran Khan) once again appealed to the people of Pakistan to follow SOPs, “or else we will be facing the same situation India currently is in,” he warned.
Updating the media about the decisions taken by the NCOC, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said a complete plan will be prepared in meeting with the provinces in case lockdowns become necessary in certain cities.
“All schools will be closed in cities where the positivity ratio is above 5% till Eid. Classes 9-12 will also not be held in-person,” he said.
He added that outdoor dining is also being banned till Eid and only takeaway is allowed.
Indoor gyms have also been ordered to close down under the new restrictions.
Asad Umar said that markets will be closed by 6pm except for essential services and a list will be issued of those businesses that are allowed to operate.
The federal minister said that a decision has also been taken to restrict office timings till 2pm so that people can do Eid shopping easily within the time limits set by the government.
“The 50% work from home policy will continue,” he added.
Umar had warned that the country was only a few days away from a complete lockdown so people must follow SOPs to stem the surge of COVID-19.