Asad Umar asks people to strictly adhere to SOPs against Covid-19 to
prevent the spread of pandemic

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Minister for Planning, Development and
Special Initiatives Asad Umar has asked the people to strictly adhere
to Standard Operating Procedures against Covid-19 to prevent the
spread of pandemic.
Briefing the media after a meeting of National Command and
Operation Centre in Islamabad on Saturday, Asad Umar said the
situation of virus spread has worsened and now people will have to
demonstrate serious attitude toward SOPs. The Minister said the third
wave of Covid-19 is spreading across the country at a very fast speed
and positive cases are increasing rapidly.
He said during the last five days, positivity rate has increased manifold
and we will have to battle this disease unitedly by observing all SOPs.
Asad Umar appealed the clerics, media and administration to play their
role to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
He said 2842 patients are on ventilators and situation could be more
serious like June last year. The Planning Minister said the government
is making all-out efforts to save the livelihood of people.
Asad Umar warned of tough decisions if the coronavirus situation
doesn’t improve. The federal minister said that the restrictions were
increased two weeks ago due to the deteriorating coronavirus
situation.
He said the pandemic was spreading rapidly not only in Pakistan, but
across the world – especially in neighbouring countries like India and

Bangladesh. The federal minister said that the number of critical
patients has rapidly increased in the last 12 days. If the trend
continues, the situation may slip out of hand, the minister said.
Asad Umar said NCOC is trying its level best not to let the situation
affect the employment of people. He also warned that the UK variant
of the coronavirus is much “more dangerous” than the original COVID-
19 virus that emerged from Wuhan.
Meanwhile a press statement issued by NCOC said the Punjab and KP
chief ministers and ICT commissioner were invited to attend the
session via video link. Provincial chief secretaries, health secretaries
and home secretaries also joined the session.
The agenda included a discussion on the rising trend of COVID-19,
implementation status of high impact interventions and state of critical
medical facilities, including oxygenated beds, vents and other facilities.
A special NCOC morning session was held a day earlier in which
provincial administrations were asked to ensure strict implementation
of NPIs and violators must be dealt with strictly.
According the NCOC press statement, major violations are being
reported from the transport sector, weddings, restaurants, commercial
activities and public gatherings.

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