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NCOC Decides New Restrictions, Ban On Social Gatherings

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday decided to ban wedding ceremonies from April 5 onwards in cities and districts where the positivity rate is above 8 per cent, as part of new restrictions to contain the third wave of the novel coronavirus in Pakistan. The third wave of coronavirus is hitting hard on civilians with Punjab having huge positivity rate.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar chaired the session which was attended by the chief secretaries of all four provinces via video link. In the meeting, the NCOC decided the ban would extend to both indoor and outdoor weddings, however, “provinces will be at liberty to implement restrictions in [an] early time frame as per the situation on ground”.

He further said that the decision to tighten restrictions was taken keeping in mind the “continuing increase in disease spread and the fast pace at which hospital fill up is taking place”, particularly pointing to the increase in cases of critical Covid patients.

Pakistan recorded more than 4,000 cases for a third straight day on Sunday with 4,767 new coronavirus cases and 57 deaths in the last 24 hours. This marks the highest single-day increase since June 21 last year.

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