Omicron-driven fifth COVID-19 wave spreading at a great pace in Pakistan: NCOC

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Omicron-driven fifth COVID-19 wave spreading at a great pace in Pakistan: NCOC
Omicron-driven fifth COVID-19 wave spreading at a great pace in Pakistan: NCOC
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The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Monday said the Omicron-driven fifth COVID-19 wave has started in Pakistan and urged people to get vaccinated and follow SOPs to control the virus spread.

In today’s meeting, the country’s apex COVID-19 body discussed the epidemic curve chart data, national vaccine strategy and disease prevalence across the country after 708 cases were recorded in a single day – the highest since October 30 when 733 infections were detected.

The meeting also reviewed the spread of disease and it is revealed that “the fifth wave of COVID-19 which is Omicron-driven, is spreading at a great pace.”

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During the last three days, the NCOC said, the positivity ratio in Karachi has reached from 2% to 6% with the maximum number of positive cases.

The forum agreed upon taking strict measures regarding obligatory vaccination regime.

It urged people to get vaccinated, wear masks and keep social distancing to avoid the spread of the fifth wave of coronavirus. It was shared that vaccinated people are less affected by Omicron.

District wise vaccination targets were also reviewed and the participants were informed that all-out efforts are being made by engaging provinces to achieve the set vaccination targets.

NCOC also directed the provinces to achieve their set vaccination targets as soon as possible to prevent the spread of disease.

The NCOC session was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Development Asad Umar, National Coordinator Major General Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and attended by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.

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