ISLAMABAD, 09 July: Federal minister Asad Umar rejected the possibility of a complete lockdown in case Pakistan experiences a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The minister, speaking at the oath taking ceremony of the newly appointed members of the National Youth Council (NYC), said he feared the fourth wave of the virus will start in the month of July.
He rejected the possibility of a complete lockdown if the fourth wave of the pandemic takes ahold of Pakistan.
Pakistan will impose smart lockdowns across the country
Asad, however, said Pakistan will impose smart lockdowns across the country (as it had done before) to counter the virus, in case cases of the infection once again shoot up across the country.
He added that the strategy had proven effective in stemming the spread of the virus in the past.
The Minister said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), through a letter, informed the Kashmir Election Commission about violation of coronavirus SOPs during the ongoing election campaigns.
Umar praised the government’s tackling of the coronavirus, saying that it had received international praise as well.
He cited Pakistan’s inclusion in the Economist’s Normalcy Index–that determines which countries are returning to their pre-pandemic levels–at number three.
The NCOC chief urged people to continue observing coronavirus SOPs and get themselves vaccinated so that Pakistan can cope with the fourth wave of the pandemic effectively.
The rate of coronavirus cases across country has dropped dramatically in the last 24 hours, reporting a positivity rate of 1.69%, which is the lowest rate in eight months.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre’s(NCOC) daily statistics from Tuesday morning, 39,017 tests for COVID-19 were conducted out across the country in the last 24 hours, of which 663 returned positive, while 27 people lost their lives to the virus.