ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) mulls over the country’s new “Living with the Pandemic” strategy to cope with coronavirus.
In a meeting on Saturday, the NCOC recommended that the educational institutions be closed till August as the summer season and pandemic would be at peak in July.
The meeting, with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in the chair, sought provinces’ feedback on “negative list” aiming to finalise the recommendations of opening some more sectors of the economy halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Attendees included: Interior Minister Brig (retd) Syed Ejaz Ahmad Shah, Minister for National Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam and Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar. Special assistants Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Moeed Yusuf, Dr Zafar Mirza and Tania Aidrus were also present.
Asas Umar directed the concerned authorities to calculate the economic impacts of COVID-19 in the first quarter of the current calendar year.
The forum was also apprised that the critical care resources would be increased owing to the surging risk of the pandemic.
The members were apprised that the testing capacity of COVID-19 was being increased to 672,000.