ISLAMABAD – The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday declared COVID-19 vaccination certificates mandatory for domestic air travel in a bid to push vaccination campaign amid fears of fourth wave of the pandemic.
The top Covid-19 monitoring body in a tweet urged the people to receive jabs by July 31in order to avoid any inconvenience in this regard.
The new policy will be implemented from August 1 when travellers will have to show the proof of vaccination at airports.
Covid Situation in Pakistan
Pakistan’s COVID-19 statistics improved slightly, with a decrease in daily cases and death counts. Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate has also dropped, to 4.89 percent.
At least 32 more individuals died from COVID-19 on Friday, according to the latest statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on its official web site, bringing the overall death toll to 22,971.
In the past 24 hours, at least 37,636 coronavirus tests were performed across the country, with 1,841 of them returning positive.
Furthermore, 924,782 individuals have recovered from the virus so far throughout the country, while the number of current cases remains at 54,122 as of Thursday morning.
The overall number of coronavirus cases in Sindh has reached 363,101, according to the official site. COVID-19 patients number 352,153 in Punjab, 29,451 in Balochistan, 141,495 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,685 in Azad Kashmir, and 7,639 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Due to an increase in cases, Sindh will reimpose COVID-19 restrictions on Monday.
The Sindh government said a day earlier that coronavirus limitations will be reinstated in the province beginning Monday, after the province’s positivity rate surpassed 10%.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presided over a meeting of the Provincial Coronavirus Task Force when the decision was made.
General companies, shopping malls, shops, and department stores will only be permitted to open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a home department notice. This regulation does not apply to stand-alone grocery stores, milk shops, bakeries, fruit and vegetable sellers, or pharmacies.
All events and gatherings, including weddings and associated celebrations, are now “completely prohibited” by the province administration, whether conducted inside or outside.