Asad Umar, the chief of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), announced on Wednesday that all Covid-19 restrictions would be lifted across the country due to a continuous drop in new infections.
However, restrictions on vaccination against the novel coronavirus will remain in place, according to Umar during a press conference.
The minister of planning and development also congratulated the public on their cooperation with the government in the fight against the disease, which has claimed the lives of 30,317 people so far. He also praised the Pakistan Army’s role in containing the virus.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as coronavirus persists in the country,” he said, adding that 70 percent of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.
It was decided in the NCOC meeting today to lift all restrictions except the vaccination restrictions. All those who are not vaccinated must get fully vaccinated so that they can avoid all restrictions. We will continue to monitor disease pattern closely & take action if needed— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) March 16, 2022
Pakistan recorded 493 new cases of novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours today, with the Covid-19 positivity ratio falling to 1.42 percent.
The news comes just days after the federal government decided to close the country’s top monitoring body, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
The authority was established as a nerve center to coordinate and articulate a unified national effort against the novel virus, with the goal of enforcing the decisions made in 2020.
Meanwhile, the National Institute of Health – an autonomous body of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination primarily responsible for biomedical and health-related research – will assume the NCOC’s responsibilities.