Staff Reporter Islamabad
The National Command and Operation Centre on Wednesday held a meeting to express concern over the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the country and directed provinces to ensure the strict im-plementation of the coronavirus standard operating procedures on the occasion of Eid ul Adha.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, while all provincial chief secretaries attended the meeting through video links.
During the meeting, a discussion related to the vio-lations of the SOPs in different sectors also took place.
After being briefed about the situation, the minister instructed the provinces to ensure the strict implementation of the SOPs. He also directed the provinces to ramp up their coronavirus vaccination drives.
The National Command and Operation Centre issued special instructions for the occasion of Eidul Azha to ascertain that the number of Covid-19 cases does not escalate.
Meanwhile, Umar told the meeting that the western border of the country has been closed since June 17 due to the worrying coronavirus situation arising in Afghanistan. He added that the government is mak-ing arrangements to bring back Pakistanis who have been stranded in Afghanistan.