‘Emergency Over’: Pakistan to Close COVID Response Body This Month

Pakistan’s pandemic response body will cease operations this month, according to a top health official, as the COVID-19 emergency is considered over in the South Asian country.

The National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) was established to coordinate and lead Pakistan’s efforts to combat the outbreak, which saw a surge in infections in April 2020, after the country reported its first case in February of that year.

The NCOC is led by Planning Minister Asad Umar and includes representatives from the federal, provincial, and regional governments, as well as civil and military experts.

Since the end of January, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Pakistan has been steadily decreasing, with about 700 new cases reported on average each day — about 10% of the peak daily average recorded on Jan. 29.

Since the pandemic began, 1.52 million infections and 30,304 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the country of 220 million people.

So far, 45 percent of its population has been fully immunized against the virus.

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