NCOC makes wearing of Masks mandatory in Pakistan

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

28th Oct, 2020. 12:07 pm

The National Command and Operations Center has made it mandatory to wear a mask to prevent the coronavirus in Pakistan.

According to the details, a meeting of the NCOC was held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Asad Umar in which the strategy in view of the second wave of Corona was discussed.

The meeting was attended by the Home Minister, Health Secretary, and representatives of the four provinces through video link.

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it was decided that citizens must wear masks when leaving their homes. Masks will be required for those working in government and private sector offices.

Provincial governments have been directed to make SOPs and masks mandatory in markets, shopping malls, public transport, and restaurants.

According to the NCOC, the coronavirus is spreading in 11 cities. The meeting also reviewed the corona case in educational institutions.

The meeting directed all the provinces to ensure the implementation of SOPs and wearing masks.

Lockdowns have been imposed in Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Peshawar, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Mirpur, Karachi, Gilgit, and Muzaffarabad to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

The federal government has also hinted at tightening measures due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Special Assistant for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the second wave of the coronavirus has hit Pakistan. The number of daily corona cases has exceeded 700.

To deal with the second wave, SOPs will have to be strictly followed. The NCOC officials said that by taking precautionary measures, we can deal with the second wave of Corona.

Coronavirus in Pakistan

On the other hand, Pakistan reported 14 more coronavirus-related deaths during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll from the disease to 6,759.

As per NCOC, 825 fresh infections reported, taking the national tally of cases to 330,200. There are a total of 11,627 active cases of the coronavirus as 311,814 patients have so far recuperated from the disease.

So far, Sindh has reported 144,449 cases, Punjab has reported 103,314 cases while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 39,189, Balochistan 15,859, Islamabad 19,300, Gilgit Baltistan 4,200 and Azad Jammu and Kashmir 3,839

611 of the patients under treatment in hospitals across the country are said to be in critical condition.

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