Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Chief of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), has ruled out enforcing a lockdown in the nation ‘for the time being’ as daily Covid-19 cases pass the 1000 mark on Thursday.
Umar told a local TV station that the NCOC, the department in charge of Pakistan’s pandemic response, was keeping track of coronavirus levels in Pakistan and throughout the world. He emphasised that the administration is now concentrating on immunisation.
“At this time, there is no plan of [imposing] lockdowns. We are looking at [Covid] numbers very closely as we shared today what has happened in the rest of the world and what is starting to happen in Pakistan.”
A surge in Covid-19 cases is being witnessed in the country. Since October 14, 2021, Covid-19 cases have crossed the 1,000 mark in Pakistan for the first time as it reported five deaths and 1,085 positive cases in one day.
In a tweet, the NCOC on Thursday informed that 46,585 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours, and the positivity ratio remained 2.32 per cent. The last time the positivity ratio reached two per cent was on December 10, 2021.