- Torkham border closed to stem COVID-19 unfold.
- Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed says border shut at NCOC’s recommendation.
- It is likely one of the mostly used border crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: On the recommendation of the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan has determined to close a key border crossing with Afghanistan to stem the unfold of the virus.
Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed Tuesday mentioned all sorts of immigration departure and arrival might be closed from as we speak on the Torkham border.
The crossing will stay closed until the recent Tips of NCOC, the minister mentioned.
The 2 international locations have a number of crossing factors however Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the one in Chaman are used mostly by travellers.
Afghanistan is seeing a rise in virus instances, prompting Pakistan to take essential steps.
A day in the past, the NCOC had issued recent pointers for Afghan college students, extending the obligatory quarantine interval to 10 days.
COVID-19 instances noticed ‘definitive’ uptick
Pakistan’s reported under 1,000 instances in a day for the primary time in six days, because the nation reported 830 new instances Tuesday morning.
The each day case rely has been over 1,000 since July 1, prompting authorities to problem warnings amid the lax perspective of individuals in the direction of SOPs.
One other 25 folks died of coronavirus in Pakistan within the final 24 hours, pushing the nationwide demise tally because the pandemic began to 22,452.
The most recent knowledge issued by the NCOC as we speak reveals that after 37,364 checks have been carried out on July 5, 830 folks examined constructive for coronavirus.
Pakistan’s positivity price is at present 2.22%. A day earlier, Pakistan’s positivity price was practically 3%.
The full energetic COVID-19 instances in Pakistan are at present 33,390.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan mentioned that since final week, there was a “definitive uptick in cases, percentage positivity, and other parameters.”
Dr Faisal appealed to the lots to proceed following the federal government’s mandated coronavirus SOPs, together with carrying masks, avoiding crowds and getting vaccinated — all of which might help forestall the spike in instances.