NCOC suggests strict steps to curb virus

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Forum decided that on 16 November the Federal Minister for Education would chair a special meeting at NCOC with provincial education ministers on board to assess and review the positivity prevailing in educational institutions 

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ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Wednesday called for banning large public gatherings and enhance restrictions in high risk areas due to COVID-19 resurge amid rising possible second wave of the pandemic.

The NCOC meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar reviewed the epidemic curve data and disease prevalence in country including education sector.

The Forum was told that the disease had increased three fold since the NCOC recommended to ban large public gatherings and outdoor activities on October 12 and November 3 to the National Coordination Committee (NCC) for its final decision. However consensus by all stakeholders is awaited

The Forum was briefed that there is an increasing positivity ratio in educational institutions and there is a need to check this trend. Forum decided that on 16 November the Federal Minister for Education would chair a special meeting at NCOC with provincial education ministers on board to assess and review the positivity prevailing in educational institutions.

After consultative discussions the recommendations would be shared with the provinces for consequent decision and enforcement.

The Forum taking into account rising positivity ratio suggested an early and extended winter vacation to reduce impact of disease spread and ensure safety and health of students.

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NCOC also suggested for NCC meetings to increase restrictions on high risk sectors and particularly large public gatherings.

NCOC recommended urgent and emergency measures to NCC for final approval after consensus by all stakeholders.

NCOC appreciated SOP compliance in mosques so far since the last many months however noted decline in compliance at present and appealed to all stakeholders to further follow the same rather enhance amid possible 2nd wave.