ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday said megacities might be closed, if COVID SOPs were not followed strictly.
The chairman National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said positivity ratio in Karachi, which had comparatively been safer recently as the Sindh government had placed strict restrictions to protect citizens from UK variant, as well had climbed to double digit a day ago.
He said COVID positivity ratio in Mardan was 33 percent, Nowshehra 20 percent, Bahawalpur 38 percent, Faisalabad 25 percent, Lahore 27 percent, Multan 21 percent, Rawalpindi 28 percent, and in Peshawar it was 26 percent a day ago.
Asad Umar warned that the rate at which the disease was spreading and new patients were being admitted to hospitals and capacity of health facilities were being exhausted, it was very likely that tougher restrictions would be imposed including closure of megacities if the trend was not stopped.
“We are not closing big cities for the moment, but we have been left with the margin of few days only,” he said.
He said if the people cooperated and administrations made them follow COVID SOPs, hopefully more restrictions might not be taken.
The minister also asked the chief ministers of all the provinces to convey the message to people of their provinces and district administrations regarding adopting COVID SOPs.