National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Wednesday announced new restrictions to prevent further spread of coronavirus in the country.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and NCOC head Asad Umar presided over the meeting in which cautious measures to combat coronavirus outbreak were discussed.
During the session, the participants decided that implementation on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) will continue from January 20 to January 31 while special non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) will be enforced for wedding halls till February 15.
Cities having more than 10 percent COVID-19 positivity rate can have only 500 guests in an out-door event while total ban on in-door events has been imposed, the members agreed.
NCOC further decided that the cities having less than 10 percent positivity rate can have 300 guests in an in-door event.
Sources told that the participants will meet again on January 27 to review the COVID-19 situation.
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On the other hand, Pakistan has reported 8 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 1,338,993. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 29,037 on Wednesday.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 5,472 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Till now 13,091 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 7,709 in Sindh 5,965 in KP, 969 in Islamabad, 749 in Azad Kashmir, 367 in Balochistan, and 187 in GB.
Furthermore 509,308 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 455,499 in Punjab 182,619 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 112,557 in Islamabad, 34,811 in Azad Kashmir 33,744 in Balochistan and 10,455 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 24,297,430 coronavirus tests and 57,669 in the last 24 hours. 1,265,239 patients have recovered in the country whereas 908 patients are in critical condition.
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The COVID-19 positivity ratio was recorded at 9.48 percent.
So far, 102,107,155 people have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine including 318,721 in last 24 hours. 77,485,124 citizens have been fully vaccinated while 442,884 received their second dose in last 24 hours.
The number of total administered doses has reached to 168,365,369 with 784,082 in the last 24 hours.