ISLAMABAD: The government has said that strict coronavirus restrictions are inevitable given the rise in COVID-19 deaths and the positivity ratio across Pakistan، Khyber News reported. Addressing a press conference here in Islamabad, the PM’ aide Dr Faisal Sultan hinted at imposing new social distancing restrictions following the start of the second coronavirus wave.
“Covid-19 pandemic’s second wave has started in Pakistan and new restrictions could be introduced to control the spread of the virus,” the special assistant said. He said that Pakistan is witnessing 700 coronavirus cases on daily basis. The SAPM appealed to the masses to strictly follow Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Dr Faisal said that the masses were not adhering to coronavirus precautions as they should, given the pandemic was still far from over. Now, Pakistan is entering a phase where we need to tighten coronavirus curbs, the PM’s aide said, adding that an official plan would be formulated soon. “Our focus — tightening coronavirus restrictions — will be more on the cities and areas where the positivity ratio of the virus is high,” Dr Faisal said.
The special assistant said that business timings across the country may be reduced in light of the growing cases of the pandemic. He said that business timings that were in place during the pandemic may be restored again. Dr Faisal said that the government was mulling over setting up a hotline so that the citizens could inform authorities when coronavirus SOPs were being violated.
Pakistan has recorded 329,375 coronavirus cases, 6,745 deaths, and 311,440 recoveries from the pandemic, according to official statistics.