Friday, January 27, 2023

NCOC to tighten Covid SOPs due to a surge in cases

National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), in a meeting on Monday, decided to further tighten the execution of SOPs for COVID-19 across the country.

In correspondence to the current situation of coronavirus in the country, a meeting was held by NCOC which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives and NCOC head Asad Umar.

The following decisions were taken by the members of NCOC at the recent meeting:

  • Educational institutes will not be closed
  • Processes to expedite COVID vaccinations
  • Concerned authorities directed to ensure strict implementation of the corona SOPs

Online meeting of Inter-Provincial Education Ministers:

Earlier on the same day, a virtual meeting of Inter-Provincial Education Ministers, chaired by the Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, was conducted to review the situation following surge in corona cases. The meeting had also decided not to close the educational institutes.

Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas made a statement saying that the students have been strictly ordered to wear masks and get corona vaccination to enter the schools. He further added that classes for children under the age of 12 years will be allowed with 50% attendance.

Latest COVID Statistics:

According to the latest figures given by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC):

  • 4,340 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in last 24 hours, making the total number of positive case 1,328,487
  • 7 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally of fatalities to 29,019
  • Pakistan has so far conducted 24,186,508 coronavirus tests and 49,809 in the last 24 hours
  • 1,263,791 patients have recovered in the country while 781 patients are in critical condition.
  • The COVID-19 positivity ratio was recorded at 8.71 percent.

COVID vaccination status:

  • 101,457,925 people have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine
  • 76,649,649 citizens have been fully vaccinated
  • The number of total administered doses has reached to 166,837,089

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