Markets, shopping malls and wedding halls across Pakistan will be closed by 10pm and wearing masks has been made mandatory from tomorrow (Thursday).
The NCOC issued a new set of directives, fearing a second wave of the novel coronavirus. In recent days, the COVID-19 positivity rate and number of deaths due to the virus have increased.
The NCOC has directed restaurants to close by 10pm whereas public parks and recreational places will not be allowed to remain open after 6pm. The apex body tasked to combat coronavirus further said that wearing masks has been made mandatory for people across the country from tomorrow.
The NCOC said that authorities will ensure implementation of smart lockdowns across areas identified as coronavirus hotspots. Medical stores, clinics and hospitals will not be bound to obey the above-stated rules as they provide essential services.
Earlier today, NCOC Chairperson Asad Umar had announced that the government had approved antigen testing in addition to the PCR tests currently being used throughout the country.
“This is part of strategy to increase the level of testing. The symptomatic cases will all still be administered PCR tests,” the minister had said. He added that the decision is in line with the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).