ISLAMABAD: The country has witnessed 28 per cent reduction in critical Covid-19 cases due to smart lockdown as well as compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs), said the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) on Sunday.
The NCOC said that the government’s decision to impose smart lockdown in areas reporting a spike in cases has produced the desired results as the number of cases has seen a steady decline.
The NCOC said that a significant reduction in the number of positive cases has emerged as the country crossed the 100-day mark in its fight against coronavirus. “Smart lockdowns, a stronger enforcement effort, compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the nationwide change in the behaviour can be credited for the current gains in the fight against Covid-19,” it added.
The NCOC added that as countries around the world juggle with strategies to flatten the Covid-19 curve, Pakistan’s strategy won an unexpected endorsement from the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres.
Guterres, in his Twitter post, had acknowledged that there was no choice between health or jobs in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “They are interlinked. We will either win on all fronts or fail on all fronts,” said the UNSG.
Earlier this week World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom had lauded Pakistani government’s response against the coronavirus pandemic and “recognised the positive trend of virus curtailment” in the country.
In relation to the Premier’s concern regarding travel restrictions, the global health watchdog assured the country’s top representative that it is creating SOPs to remove travel restrictions in future.
REDUCTION IN ACTIVE CASES:
The NCOC also said that the number of coronavirus cases has started receding in the country as 156,700 patients have so far recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of active cases in Pakistan to 86,975.
A total of 2,521 new cases surfaced during the last 24 hours taking the tally to 248,872, said NCOC, adding that the death toll from the virus has reached 5,197 with 74 more deaths reported over the last 24 hours.
According to the NCOC, the total reported cases include 86,556 in Punjab, 103,836 in Sindh, 30,078 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 11,157 in Balochistan, 14,023 in Islamabad, 1,658 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,564 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). A total of 24,211 coronavirus tests were carried out during this period, it added.