Additional restrictions lifted in six districts as cases decline

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre on Tuesday announced the lifting of additional non-pharmaceutical interventions in six districts following a gradual decline in the Covid-19 contagion rate.

NPI is a community mitigation strategy, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities take to help slow the spread of viral diseases.

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the federal body, chaired the session to review the decline in the daily new infections. In the meeting, the participants decided to remove the restrictions from the previously hotspot districts — Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Gujarat and Bannu — from September 21 (today).

General nationwide restrictions would remain in force until September 30 and be reviewed on September 28.

The agency was closely monitoring the spread of Covid and the healthcare apparatus on a daily basis and will take decisions accordingly, the meeting decided.

The forum also urged the people who have taken their first dose of a Covid vaccine to complete the vaccination by injecting the second jab “without any delay”.


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