ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to curtail inbound passenger flights to Pakistan for a fortnight from May 5 in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus infections.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Thursday.

The government will review these restrictions on May 18.

The forum emphasised the need of “Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy during Eid holidays.

In this regard, comprehensive guidelines on closure of markets (with exemptions), a ban on inter-city and intra city public transport and tourism have been issued to concerned ministries.

The NCOC also reviewed the production and supply of oxygen, as it decided to grant permission for the import of 6,000 metric tons of oxygen and 5,000 cylinders to meet the growing need. It has also decided to import 20 cryogenic tanks, while the Misri Shah scrap industry will be shut down as well to divert oxygen to the health sector. The forum also decided to commence vaccination of 40-49 years age citizens from May 3, 2021.


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