As the number of COVID-19 cases reduces, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) has planned to meet today – to decide the line of actions to take the country to its normal routine.
Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, while talking to a news channel, said:
“We have decided, in principle, to lift the restrictions and ensure strict implementation of the standard operating procedures to stop the spread of Covid-19. The NCC meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by representatives from all provinces as we want to take a collective and consensus-based decision.”
The minister also committed to creating the COVID-preventive environment to ensure that Pakistan did not experience further spikes, adding that TTQ (tracing, testing, and quarantine) policy will continue strictly to isolate the infected people and their respective contacts.
He also added that it is not the right time to mention which industry will be opened first, a timetable for reopening industries will be announced shortly – so that the journey back to normalization gets easier.
According to NCOC country-wise data, there are only 20,836 active cases in the country, while the number of patients across 735 hospitals are 1,381, even patients on ventilators has also decreased sharply, 91pc vents (1,694 out of 1,859) are lying unutilized.
Officials said, “The final decision, however, will be taken by the federal and provincial governments during the meeting of the NCC to be presided over by Prime Minister Khan.”