ISLAMABAD: The National Coordinating Committee (NCC) has rejected the option of implementing a complete lockdown in the country, despite a clear increase in the number of Code 19 cases in the country over the past few days. Rejecting the implementation of a complete lockdown by the NCC, Dawn newspaper confirmed the measures announced by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on October 28.
These measures include strict implementation of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) in public places and lack of working hours in markets and commercial activities. The NCC meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in which it was decided to continue the policy of smart lockdown and strictly implement the decisions of the NCOC. The Chief Ministers of all the four provinces participated in the meeting through video link.
According to an official announcement made in this regard, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed all stakeholders to maintain a balance between measures to prevent the disease and livelihood of the people. He directed the hospital to increase the number of special care equipment in case of any increase in the number of cases.
Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the NCOC to take further steps in consultation with all stakeholders and issue necessary guidelines. During the meeting, the NCOC members briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan on the status of Code 19 and the current status of the spread of the disease and the increasing positive rate. In a press briefing with his economic team before the NCCC meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the government had decided not to close down businesses and industries in the light of the second wave.
Imran Khan said, "We have decided that we will not close down businesses and industries. In cases of coronavirus increase, we will only close down things that do not harm industries. Otherwise, we will shut down SOPs." Will keep businesses and industries open. The Prime Minister had appealed to the people to wear face masks to check the spread of the virus as carelessness in this regard could harm the country, adding that the situation was dire, citing India and Iran as examples.
Imran Khan said that with the onset of winter, they need to make careful decisions. By the grace of God, Pakistan has so far emerged from the difficult situation, but there is a second wave of epidemics.