Islamabad, Saturday 2 August 2021

Restrictions were reimposed in major Pakistani cities on Monday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, amid rising cases of the delta variant in Pakistan and a fourth wave of the pandemic.

The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has revised its guidelines for several cities after 4,858 new cases were reported. The number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 1,039,695.

Announcing the revised guidelines, NCOC chief and planning minister Asad Umair said that the government is taking important decisions to contain the spread of the pandemic. Umair said after the NCOC meeting that the rate of new cases and infection has increased across the country and new measures are needed.

As per the new guidelines, markets will now remain closed at 8 pm instead of 10 pm and the government has decided to run public transport with 50 per cent ‘work from home’ policy and 50 per cent people capacity.

The new restrictions will be applicable from August 3 to August 31 in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Faisalabad, Multan, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Hyderabad and Gilgit.

He said that students above 18 years of age have also been asked to get vaccinated by August 31.