Minister for Planning Development Reforms and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar chaired National Command and Operation Center (NCOC). The meeting undertook a comprehensive review of potential COVID-19 clusters and hotspots across Pakistan.
The Forum was apprised during the NCOC meeting that “a total of 20 cities across Pakistan have been identified with potential Covid-19 hotspots using a strategy termed as ‘testing, tracing and quarantining (TTQ)’, according to a press release issued by the center.
The TTQ strategy has been formulated to keep the spread of the disease in check while different sectors open up. The TTQ strategy involved ramping up of testing, rapidly tracing the contacts of confirmed positive cases, and effective quarantining of positive and suspected cases.
The following 20 cities have been identified by the NCOC for necessary restrictive measures are Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Swat, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Sialkot, Gujarat, Ghotki, Larkana, Khairpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Malakand, and Mardan.
NCOC was briefed in detail about the operationalization of additional oxygenated beds and vents including the procurement of this critical healthcare equipment by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as announced by the Prime Minister.
A total of 2150 additional oxygenated beds would be functional by the end of July to meet the additional requirement. 1000 oxygenated beds would be functional by the end of June and another 1150 by the end of July.
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