Pakistan closes down NCOC after two years

Pakistan on Thursday announced to shut down National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the body overlooking the coronavirus pandemic in the country, citing a drop in the coronavirus cases across the country.

“Today, as NCOC closes down, I want to congratulate the NCOC team and its leadership for a professional, nationally-coordinated response to the pandemic. As a result, our Covid response was recognized by international agencies and people in the field as one of the most successful globally,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet, while expressing satisfaction over-organized tackling of the pandemic by NCOC.

Moreover, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who was also the head of NCOC, said Pakistan successfully addressed the corona pandemic.

“Our response to the pandemic was also acknowledged by the international organizations,” he said in a press conference.

The Planning Minister, in a tweet on Thursday, announced the closure of NCOC with a significant drop in the COVID-19 positivity rate in Pakistan.

“Today (Thursday) is the last day of NCOC operation. With covid indicators at all-time lows & high level of vaccination, baton now being passed on to health ministry,” he said.

From Now on, the responsibilities and roles on NCOC will be taken over by the National Institute of Health (NIH) which is based in Islamabad.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was set up in March 2020 after the advent of the deadly coronavirus that inflicted havoc all across the world.

The main function of NCOC was to collect, analyze and process information.

COVID Stats in Pakistan:

According to the updated data issued by NCOC:

  • Pakistan reported 244 new Covid-19 cases
  • six deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours
  •  The total nationwide case tally has reached 1,524,793
  •  The recent death toll of Pakistan is 30,355
  • The positivity rate was recorded at 0.82 percent.

According to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker, the virus has so far infected 486,941,058 people and claimed 6,139,121 lives around the globe.

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