The decision was made during an NCOC meeting to examine the coronavirus positive rate in Pakistan and the vaccination drive’s progress.
The meeting resolved to loosen non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)/return to normal life in order to encourage and incentivize towns with good immunisation results. The immunisation rate is above 50% in Narowal, Jehlum, Mandi Bahauddin, Peshawar, Bhimber, Bagh, Mirpur, Skardu, Gilgit, Ghizer, and Islamabad, according to the NCOC.
The vaccination rate is between 40% and 50% in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Sialkot, Mianwali, Kallar Kahar, Hafizabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Karachi, Chitral, Charsadda, Balakot, Jehlum Valley, Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad, Neelum, Hunza, and Kharmang, according to the report.
The remainder of the cities, including Lahore and Hyderabad, have a vaccination percentage of less than 40%, according to the forum.
“These NPIs will stay in force until November 30,” according to the NCOC, who also stated that a review will be conducted on November 29. The NCOC stated that the National Measles-Rubella (MR) campaign will be conducted from November 15 to 27.
It added, “During the drive, children aged 9 Months to 15 years will be inoculated.”
It said that Covid vaccine administration for children between 12 to 15 years will, therefore, remain suspended from November 15 to 27. Earlier, the NCOC lifted one-day mandatory lockdown restriction across the country, allowing businesses activities to operate seven days a week.
The forum decided to lift the mandatory one-day weekly closure across the country, following a significant reduction in Covid-19 cases.
Besides, the forum conditionally allowed 300 guests to attend any indoor events including wedding ceremonies, while outdoor wedding ceremonies could be attended by up to 500 persons. The NCOC made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for attending all such gatherings.