PESHAWAR: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Thursday set a deadline of August 31 for students over 18 years of age, teachers, transporters, government employees, hotel and wedding hall staffers and personnel of law enforcement agencies to get themselves vaccinated.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who is also head of NCOC, said while addressing a press briefing along with SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan after a meeting at the NCOC that the government is targeting to ramp up vaccinations and take it to the one million daily mark, which he said is only possible with the assistance of the public.

The NCOC chairman said banks, markets, public offices and schools are the sectors dealing with the public and in order to curb the virus spread, vaccination has been made mandatory for those working in these sectors. He made it clear that those who are not vaccinated by August 01 will not be allowed to teach.

The minister warned the public that the situation will deteriorate if the government-mandated safety protocols are not followed.

In Karachi where the corona positivity ratio has exceeded 30 percent, the minister said the Centre supports the steps taken by the Sindh government to curb the spread. He said lockdown in Karachi is not the solution.

Dr Faisal Sultan said that critical care cases, which were less than 2,000 in June, have surged past 3,000. He said that the pressure on health facilities across the country has increased during the last few days.

76 more deaths reported

The fourth wave of coronavirus in Pakistan has started intensifying as for the first time after June 09 Pakistan recorded 76 new deaths pushing the countrywide death toll to 23,209.

According to the latest data of NCOC, 59,707 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours out of which 4,497 returned positive. The cases reported Thursday were the highest since April 30. The new cases take the nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,020,324, while, the positivity rate stands at 7.5 percent.

As many as 1,612 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 937,354, while the number of active cases is 59,761.




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