ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Tuesday said that the positive cases of COVID-19 were gradually coming down in Pakistan.
Addressing media in Islamabad, he expressed confidence that the situation would further improve in the next 15 days and reduce the existing pressure on the hospitals. He however warned that the threat was not over.
The additional restrictions imposed by the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government in 24 districts have been lifted from 18 districts, while the restrictions would remain so in six districts including Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Multan, Bannu and Sargodha.
The NCOC has announced that indoor dining will remain prohibited and outdoor dining will be allowed till 12:00 am.
The minister for planning said tougher restrictions were imposed in twenty four districts earlier this month to curb the spread of the virus. He expressed satisfaction that the situation had now improved in eighteen districts.
He said that the high degree of restrictions would stay in place in the remaining six districts till 22nd of this month. These include Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Gujarat and Bannu.
Asad Umar said that educational institutions were being reopened from Thursday in a staggered manner and intercity transport was being allowed with fifty percent occupancy. Outdoor dining would now be allowed in the districts by twelve midnight but indoor dining will remain closed.
He said that amusement parks are being opened for fully vaccinated people. He said outdoor gathering of four hundred people is being allowed.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief urged the people to get themselves vaccinated against the disease. He said those not getting the vaccine jab will have to face restrictions such as on their air travel and visit to different places such shopping malls, guest houses, hotels from 30th September.