Govt decides to ‘fully activate’ NCOC as Covid cases surge

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The federal government Wednesday decided to “fully activate” the National Command and Operation Centre in light of the rising coronavirus cases across the country.

A statement from PM Office said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired an NCOC meeting, where he expressed concerns over the rising Covid-19 cases and issued directives to revive Pakistan’s coronavirus response forum.

The premier ordered district and provincial authorities to strictly implement protective measures and take other steps to keep the deadly virus at bay.

The NCOC stopped functioning at the end of March after running operations for two years and leading Pakistan’s response to Covid-19, while all its roles were handed over to the National Institute of Health.

In a press conference after the decision, Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said that the public will have to follow standard operating procedures till the coronavirus is prevalent.

“We are mulling over strategies for religious gatherings as the threat of coronavirus cases rising still persists,” he said.

 

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