Pakistan lifts all coronavirus restrictions

The government has announced to lift all COVID-19 restrictions as cases decline

All restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 will no longer apply, the Pakistan government has announced on March 16 as the cases continue to decline and 70 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

The country of 220 million lifted all restrictions two years after the pandemic began.

Minister Asad Umar who is the head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said that the government was lifting all COVID-19 related restrictions across the country as Pakistan “has come close to eliminating the pandemic”.

“We have decided that all restrictions we have imposed related to the coronavirus on weddings, indoor dining and markets, we are ending all of them,” he said.

However all restrictions on those not vaccinated against the coronavirus would continue to apply until 80 to 85 percent of the eligible population was fully vaccinated,

“We need a transition process towards a normal, ordinary life because it seems at the moment that the pandemic will continue and become a part of our lives” which is why the government was lifting all COVID-related restrictions, including on sports activities and religious gatherings, the minister said.

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