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NCOC bans all public indoor, outdoor gatherings from April 5

The National Command Operation Center (NCOC) on Sunday has raised high concerns on surging cases of COVID-19 and announced a complete ban on the public’s indoor and outdoor gatherings from April 5.

As per the notification issued by NCOC, all kinds of wedding ceremonies (both indoor and outdoor) are hereby banned. It is also further clarified that all kinds of indoor and outdoor events, gatherings, indoor and outdoor festivals, sports tournaments, cultural activities, social and religious gatherings are also banned.

During the meeting, the NCOC members met under the supervision of Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar and discussed the COVID-19 situation.

The provinces were directed to strictly follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to avoid the spread of the infection. The participants also expressed concerns over the slow process of vaccinating the people.

Earlier, Asad Umar had feared that coronavirus situation might get out of control if preventive measures were not strictly adhered to.

Talking to media persons, the minister reiterated that hospitals are reaching their maximum capacity and if precautionary measures are not followed, the government will have to take tough decisions.

The NCOC head further said that the public is not comprehending the seriousness of the third wave of the coronavirus, which is being caused by the UK variant and warned that the new variant is more dangerous and contagious.

On the other hand, Pakistan has reported 57 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 654,591. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 14,215.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 4,767 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Till now 264,607 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 212,918 in Punjab 84,609 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 55,594 in Islamabad, 19,497 in Balochistan, 12,367 in Azad Kashmir and 4,999 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore 6,229 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,491 in Sindh, 2,283 in KP, 559 in Islamabad, 344 in Azad Kashmir, 206 in Balochistan, and 103 in GB.

So far 10,066,726 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the country and 45,656 in the last 24 hours. As per statistics, 595,929 coronavirus patients got recovered while 3,043 patients are still in critical condition. 

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