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‘Cities with low vaccination rate to have higher restrictions’



ISLAMABAD:

National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar announced on Wednesday that cities with a low level of vaccination as well as unvaccinated individuals will be imposed with higher restrictions.

The NCOC chief stated in a tweet that, “The only way out of the Covid pandemic is to get a high percentage of citizens vaccinated.” He added that, “Therefore as part of the strategy to reward citizens and cities which vaccinate, there will be higher restrictions on cities with a low level of vaccination and on citizens who are not vaccinated.”

 

Moreover, the NCOC chief added, in another tweet, that the country’s nerve centre for anti-Covid measures has decided to relax Covid-19 related restrictions in eight cities which have the highest level of vaccination.

“These include Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit and Skardu,” Umar stated.

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The minister added that starting from October 1, a number of restrictions will be imposed on adults who were not yet fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile,  Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that cinemas had been allowed to re-open in eight cities including Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

“It is hoped that the administrations of Lahore and Karachi will increase the vaccination drive so that cinemas in these cities can also open in the next ten days,” the information minister said in a tweet. 

A day earlier, it was reported that the intensity of the fourth Covid wave was gradually coming down as the NCOC announced that the vaccination age limit for the general population had been lowered to 12 years.

In an interview with Arab News Pakistan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said, “At present time, all we can say based on global information, global data, past experience of epidemic and how this virus has behaved so far, it is possible that there may be additional rises in the number of cases in the coming months … but this is all conjecture.”

Sultan said that over 75 million individual doses had been given. “By the end of the year, we would have a large majority of urban centres, 20 or 25 major cities nearly completely covered,” the SAPM said. “That would protect us from the sparking of the epidemic. And by the end of this year, we expect 70-100 million of the population to be vaccinated.”

In response to Covid, he said, “The system’s strengths have become visible.” Giving an example, he said the whole testing regime for Covid would come in on the polio dashboard so “we were able to leverage and utilise what existed but also strengthen the other side … for polio for the last eight months, we have not had a single case so as far as polio is concerned we stand in the best possible situation we had ever”.





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