Pak Army may be deployed to enforce COVID-19 SOPs: Faisal Sultan

restriction to be strictly implemented during Eid holidays

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan has asserted that the Pakistan Army may be deployed to ensure the implementation of precautionary measures against the rampaging novel coronavirus.

Addressing a press conference today (Monday), the Special Assistant said that the government may deployed Army as coronavirus cases have increased due to the negligence of citizens.

Faisal Sultan said the last few weeks have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the positivity rate going up from 2 to 4 percent. He also spoke about the rapid increase in the Delta variant after an increase in the Alpha variant.

“The main cause of this surge is violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the new variant of coronavirus coming from India,” the special assistant added. He also said the best strategy to deal with coronavirus is to complete your vaccination.

It is necessary, he said, to implement the existing SOPs and coronavirus restrictions. He said people can travel once they are vaccinated and stressed that it is necessary to have a vaccination certificate to travel during the upcoming Eidul Adha holidays. The SAPM on health said SOPs will be strictly enforced in major cities and tourist destinations.

COVID-19 situation

In Pakistan, 15 more people died from the global coronavirus epidemic and 1,808 new cases were reported Monday morning.

According to the latest statistics by the National Command and Operation Center, 47,015 tests for coronavirus were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, of which 1,808 people tested positive.