The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has issued new guidelines for the prevention of global pandemic of COVID-19.
A new advisory issued by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) says that every citizen who goes to public gatherings in crowded places outside the home must wear a mask.
The advisory instructed the provinces to ensure implementation of SOPs for wearing masks, especially when going to markets, crowded places, public gatherings, shopping malls, public transport and restaurants.
The said decisions of NCOC / SOPs will come into force from tomorrow, October 29.
According to the National Command and Control Center, in view of the fear of the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, it has been made mandatory to wear masks across the country from tomorrow.
The NCOC said that it has been decided to close markets, shops and shopping malls, marriage halls and restaurants across the country at 10 pm, amusement parks will be closed at 6 pm, while medical stores, clinics and hospitals will remain open.
According to the NCOC, the global pandemic will be expected to increase by 80% owing to this smart lockdowns will be imposed in 374 places in 11 major cities of the country, during which a population of 30,610 people will be in locked down.
The smart lockdown will be imposed on eleven cities including Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Peshawar, Islamabad Capital Territory, Hyderabad, Mirpur, Karachi, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad.
Earlier, section 144 was imposed in the federal capital Islamabad for not wearing a mask. DC Islamabad said that section 144 would be implemented for those who do not wear a mask.
Declaring it mandatory to wear masks in shopping malls, shops and public places in Islamabad, it was said that failure to wear masks could result in fines and arrests by the police. The Deputy Commissioner said that section 144 would be implemented for two months.
It is pertinent to mention here that in view of the increase in Coronavirus cases in Karachi, several government schools in Malir district have been closed.
According to the National Command and Operations Center, 825 more COVID-19 cases were reported in the country during the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the country to 330,200.
The death toll in the country has risen to 6,759 after 14 more people died of the coronavirus in 24 hours, while the condition of 611 patients is critical.