NCOC directs for taking stringent measures to tackle Omicron cases


ISLAMABAD, Jan 15 (DNA): The National Command and Operation Center
(NCOC) in its meeting here on Saturday, discussed the epidemic curve
chart data, disease prevalence and proposed NPIs in wake of rising
disease trends in the country, especially in the urban centers.

The forum decided to extensively engage with provinces specially with
Sindh government for necessary measures to tackle rising disease.

It reviewed the existing NPIs and called on provincial health and
education ministers session on 17 January 22 to suggest the new set of
NPIs focusing on education sector, public gatherings, marriage
ceremonies, indoor / outdoor dining and transport sector.

Meanwhile, the NCOC decided to implement complete ban on inflight
serving of meals and snacks with effect from 17 January 22. CAA was
asked to ensure inflight mask wearing and also implement COVID related
SOPs at all airports. Serving of Meals and snacks in Public transport
will also be banned with effect from 17th January.

The forum asked the federating units to take strict measures against
violators of existing SOPs specially mask wearing and to ensure
enforcement of obligatory vaccination regime. It also asked for strict
enforcement of existing NPIs specially in transport, education and
sectors with high social gatherings like restaurants and wedding halls.

Moreover, federating units were asked to carryout immediate surveys of
healthcare facilities including oxygenated beds, oxygen stocks and
reserves. The NCOC directed all quarters to fast-track vaccination drive
and ramp up efforts to achieve vaccination targets.