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NCOC extends coronavirus restrictions till April 13

The coronavirus positivity rate hit 10.66% in Islamabad. Source: FILE.

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has announced that the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government will be extended till April 13 amid the third wave of the virus.

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar chaired a meeting on Saturday in which Pakistan’s coronavirus inoculation campaign during Ramazan was discussed.

The meeting decided that a detailed discussion and decision on non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) during Ramazan will take place on Monday. During the meeting, the government also decided to ban inter-provincial transport on weekends from today.

After surging in COVID-19 cases, the government had banned all kinds of indoor and outdoor gatherings as well as weddings. This includes all social, cultural, political, sports gatherings and other events. All kinds of indoor dining have been banned while outdoor dining has been permitted till 10: 00 pm.

After a gap of two days, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad again saw a surge in Covid-19 cases, with five deaths – three in the capital and two in the garrison city.

Pakistan recorded more than five thousand cases for the third consecutive day while over a hundred people lost their lives from the novel coronavirus in the past day.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), there were new coronavirus 5,139 cases and 100 deaths from the disease in the past day. Yesterday Pakistan reported 5,312 new cases and 5,329 a day earlier.

The total number of cases recorded so far reached 715,968 cases while the death toll has reached 15,329. The total number of active cases has increased to 73,078 while the positivity rate stood at 10.47 percent.  The number of critical patients who remain in hospitals has also increased to 4,204 including 88 in the past day.

There were 49,069 coronavirus detection tests conducted in the past day, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 10.688 million since the first case was reported. Overall 627,561 people have recovered from the virus including 1,772 in the past day.

Punjab continues to remain the worst affected area with more than half of the active cases. There have been 245,923 cases recorded so far and 6,908 deaths while there are 38,870 active cases in the province. Islamabad has recorded 69,902 cases and 601 deaths while there are 13,063 active cases in the region.

The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has recorded 97,318 cases and 2,586 deaths while there are 12,253 active cases. Sindh has recorded 268,284 cases and 4,523 deaths.

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