The decision has been taken during the NCOC meeting convened to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country, especially in Sindh province. The NCOC also banned the provision of snacks sand food in-flight and instructed civil aviation to ensure the use of face masks.
The NCOC has also directed provinces to take strict measures to implement Standard Operating Procedure (SoPs) in transport, educational institutions, public gatherings and marriage halls.
NCOC banned serving food in flights after it confirmed 4,286 new coronavirus cases and four deaths in the preceding 24 hours as the positivity rate climbs to 8.16%. The NCCO said that 52,522 tests were carried out in the country in the last 24 hours of which 4,286 patients were confirmed to have infected with Covid-19. The NCOC said that the condition of 709 patients is critical while 2598 patients have recovered from the deadly virus. So far 1.263mn have recovered from the pandemic. The death toll from Coronavirus has climbed to 29,003, while the number of reported cases has risen to 1,320,120.
According to the latest figures from the National Command and Operations Center, Punjab has reported 451,408 cases, Sindh 497,153, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 182,100, Balochistan 33,684, Gilgit-Baltistan 10,439, Islamabad 110,597 and Azad Kashmir 34,739. The death toll from the virus now crosses 29,00 mark. A total of 13,087 patients have died in Punjab, 7,693 in Sindh, 5,953 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 968 in Islamabad, 367 in Balochistan, 186 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 749 in Azad Kashmir.