Additional NPIs to be implemented to curb Covid-19 spread: NCOC



The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Friday decided to implement additional non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in selected districts from September 4 to September 12 in an effort to ease the growing pressure on the national health care system and curb the spread of Covid-19.

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 measures include the closure of the educational intuitions, restrictions on intercity transport in districts/cities where the disease is more prevalent and a ban on all indoor and outdoor events.

However, outdoor wedding events are to be allowed with a maximum of 300 guests whereas a ban on indoor gyms would also be implemented.

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.

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The additional NPIs would also be implemented in Haripur, Malakand, Mansehra, Swabi, DI Khan, Swat, Abbottabad, Peshawar and Islamabad.

Earlier, the federal government made Covid-19 vaccination obligatory for any service member after the number of hospitalisation of patients infected with the coronavirus reached the highest level in the country.

The planning minister had said the Indian-origin ‘Delta’ variant of coronavirus, which is fuelling the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic in the country, spread faster than other variants.

The NCOC in its special guidelines under the Obligatory Regime for Vaccination to overcome the deadly contagious disease announced on Thursday that non-vaccinated individuals would not be allowed to render any services after September 15.

According to an official NCOC document available with APP, the forum has worked out a phase-wise strategy with a core focus on emphasising that a high vaccination ratio is fundamental to the success of “Pandemic Exit Strategy” in the country.

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