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Coronavrius claims more 23 lives in last 24 hours across Pakistan

Coronavrius claims more 23 lives in last 24 hours across Pakistan
June 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The coronavirus (COVID-19) claims more 23 lives across Pakistan in last 24 hours as the nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 22,254 on Tuesday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 735 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in a day as the as the number of positive cases has surged to 956,392.

Pakistan has so far conducted 14,502,023 coronavirus tests and 41,133 samples were tested during the last 24 hours, taking the country’s caseload to 956,392. The number of people who have recovered from the disease since the first case of the pandemic was reported in the country climbed to 901,985 after 784 more people recuperated in the last 24 hours.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Till now 10,740 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 5,427 in Sindh, 4,311 in KP, 776 in Islamabad, 582 in Azad Kashmir, 307 in Balochistan, and 111 in GB.

Furthermore 346,036 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 336,507 in Sindh, 137,831 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 82,619 in Islamabad, 27,083 in Balochistan, 20,256 in Azad Kashmir and 6,060 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Positivity ratio drops to 1.78%

The COVID-19 positivity rate has gone down to 1.78 per cent in Pakistan during the last 24 hours. The NCOC said the Covid-19 infection rate was recorded at 1.78%.

NCOC decides to resume indoor dining, extend business timings

A day earlier, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has decided to resume the indoor dining and extend the working hours of business centers across the country till 10pm from July 1.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the NCOC chaired by Federal Minister Asad Umar. The NCOC eased coronavirus restrictions in the country and meeting also decided to impose new restrictions after reviewing the Coronavirus situation.

 

From July 1, Important businesses including petrol pumps and medical stores will be allowed to remain open 24 hours a day.

The NCOC has directed the hotel and restaurant management to come up with a plan to check the vaccination certificate. According to the announcement, outdoor weddings will be allowed for up to 400 people while up to 200 vaccinated people will be able to attend indoor weddings.

People who have been completely inoculated against the virus will be allowed inside restaurants. They will have to carry their vaccination certificates at all times and will only be let inside after showing them.

Restaurants and cafes have been instructed to operate at 50% of their capacity.

Markets will be allowed to stay open till 10pm. Previously, shops, malls, and businesses were operating from 8am to 8pm.

Wedding halls association and managements will institute a mechanism for checking of vaccination certificates of guests and will also ensure vaccination of respective staff, the NCOC said.

Shrines are allowed to re-open at the discretion of federating units, while adherence to strict COVID SOPs. Cinemas are allowed to re-open with strict COVID protocols for vaccinated individuals only till 01:00am.

Cinemas management will institute a mechanism for checking vaccination certificates of visitors and will also ensure vaccination of respective management and staff.

Broader lockdowns with stringent enforcement protocols based on risk assessment would continue and the NCOC will regularly share heat maps with federating units for implementation of lockdowns, the statement said.

A ban has been imposed on all types of indoor and outdoor gatherings including cultural, musical, religious, miscellaneous events.

Continuation of normal working hours for public and private offices with 100% attendance. The ban on contact sports — karate, boxing, martial arts, rugby, water polo, kabaddi, and wrestling — will remain in place.

Gyms will reopen for only vaccinated people, while it is mandatory for the facility's staff members to get inoculated as well.

Public transport is allowed to operate with 70% occupancy with strict COVID SOPs. Railway services are allowed to operate with 70% occupancy.

There will be 1 closed day during the week and the selection of that day will be at the discretion of federating units.

The current inbound passenger policy will continue till further orders, while a policy on tourism would be issued.

Summer vacations in the education sector would be at the discretion of respective federating units and no session is scheduled at NCOC in this regard.

The new decisions will remain in force till July 31. The NCOC will meet again on July 27 and overview the graph of infections in the country.

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