ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to extend COVID-19 restrictions in Islamabad and 24 districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till September 15 (Wednesday) to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The NCOC during its daily session carried out review of restrictions enforced in high disease prevalence districts.
The forum decided that the complete ban on all sorts of indoor and outdoor gatherings, all types of indoor gyms, intercity public transport and educational sector will continue till Wednesday.
The meeting asked all federating units to institute robust mechanism for implementation of COVID-19 restrictions.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Friday said more than 20 million people had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country.
“Fifty million people have received at least one dose of anti covid vaccine,” he tweeted adding that the government had set a daunting target of vaccinating seventy million people by the end of this year.
The minister expressed the confidence to surpass the target.
83 more deaths due to coronavirus infection and 3,689 positive cases were reported in Pakistan during the last 24 hours.
According to National Command and Operation Centre statistics, 61,128 tests were conducted a day ago and positivity ratio remained 6.03 per cent. 5,362 patients are on critical care.
On the other hand, the Indian state of Kerala, already plagued by corona epidemics, is now at risk of spreading a virus which is more dangerous virus than COVID-19. The Indian Ministry of Health had on September 5 received the bad news that a 12-year-old boy had been confirmed dead in Kerala with the Nipah virus.
According to reports, two more people had also shown symptoms of Nipah virus. The Nipah virus infection was first confirmed in the Indian state of Kerala in May 2018. At that time, 17 people had lost their lives to the virus.