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Asad Umar says signs clear of fourth Covid wave starting in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar Friday said there are clear early signs of the fourth COVID-19 wave starting in Pakistan due to poor compliance of SOPs and the spread of the Delta variant.

The federal minister, who is also the chief of the country’s apex COVID-19 body, said that he had warned two weeks back that the government’s artificial intelligence models are showing possible emergence of the 4th wave in July.

He said that now there are “clear early signs of 4th wave starting” in the country due to “poor SOP compliance, coupled with the spread of variants of concern, Indian variant [Delta variant], in particular, are the main cause”.

Asad Umar expressed displeasure over non-compliance of the COVID-19 protocols and warned of shutting down the sectors not adhering to the directives issued by the health authorities.

“Field reports are showing a complete disregard of the condition of vaccination for those attending indoor weddings and going to indoor restaurants and gyms. If the owners of these facilities do not show responsibility and ensure compliance, there will be no choice but to shut them down,” he tweeted.

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