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NCOC imposes new COVID-19 restrictions in Islamabad

Intercity public transport restricted in cities. (Source: NCOC)

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to impose a new set of COVID-19 restrictions in the federal capital from September 4 till September 12 to contain the deadly pandemic.

The decision came during a meeting during which Prime Minister Imran Khan was briefed by the NCOC chief and Planning Minister Asad Umar on the situation in the country. During the meeting, participants reviewed NPIs for selected districts of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.

The NCOC has decided to implement additional non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in selected districts from September 4 to September 12. According to the NCOC, all indoor and outdoor gatherings and events have been banned in the city.

However, only outdoor wedding events are allowed to be organised with a maximum of 300 guests. In addition to this, intercity public transport has been restricted in the cities having a high percentage of coronavirus cases. Indoor gyms will also remain closed.

The districts where the NPIs would be implemented include Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal, Faisalabad, Bhakkar, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Multan, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Sheikhupura.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat announced that the increasing COVID-19 cases have increased the pressure on hospitals, therefore, new restrictions had to be imposed.

Taking to Twitter, the Deputy Commissioner announced that the enforcement of restrictions in Islamabad that begin from September 4 and will remain in place till September 12, 2021.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s COVID-19 graph has been showing a declining trend as the country has mostly been recording less than 4,000 daily infections all of this week.

The country registered 3,787 more coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours after 59,745 tests were taken, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,171,578, the NCOC’s data showed Friday morning.