Govt to impose stricter restrictions if COVID-19 situation worsens: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: National Control Operation chief and Federal Minister Asad Umar has warned of tougher restrictions if the coronavirus situation doesn’t improve.

Federal minister noted that COVID-19 pandemic was spreading rapidly not only in Pakistan, but across the world, especially in neighbouring countries like India and Bangladesh.

Asad Umar said that the number of critical patients has rapidly increased in the last 12 days. If the trend continues, the situation may slip out of hand.

During a media briefing after NCOC meeting to review the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Punjab, Khyber Paktunkhwa and Islamabad Capital Territory, Asad Umar said that the restrictions were increased two weeks ago due to the worsening of coronavirus situation.

He told that NCOC is trying its level best not to let the situation affect the employment of people.

He also warned that the UK variant of the coronavirus is much “more dangerous” than the original COVID-19 virus that emerged from Wuhan.

Earlier NCOC issued a press release and said the Punjab and KP chief ministers and ICT commissioner were invited to attend the session via video link. Provincial chief secretaries, health secretaries and home secretaries also joined the session.

According to the statement a special NCOC morning session was held a day earlier in which provincial administrations were asked to ensure strict implementation of NPIs and violators must be dealt with strictly.

According the NCOC press statement, major violations are being reported from the transport sector, weddings, restaurants, commercial activities and public gatherings.