Minister for Inside Shaikh Rasheed issuing a video assertion, on March 20, 2021. — Photograph courtesy Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed

Minister for Inside Shaikh Rasheed on Saturday mentioned that the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre “might think about” imposing sensible lockdowns on Monday in areas which have reported a excessive variety of coronavirus instances.

His feedback got here because the nation, which is grappling with a 3rd wave of the pandemic, noticed a soar in positivity ratio from 8% to almost 10% in a single day.

Rasheed, in a video assertion, warned that his remarks to tv channels are being misconstrued and the opportunity of new restrictions should not be confused with full, nationwide lockdowns being enforced.

“I didn’t say in any respect {that a} lockdown will start on Monday. False reviews attributed to me have been circulating,” he started by saying.

He mentioned that he had responded to numerous channels’ beepers and had mentioned that on Monday, in coronavirus hotspots, the NCOC “might think about sensible lockdowns”.

“I didn’t communicate of an entire, nationwide lockdown in any respect. So I want to say to everybody, it is a false report being circulated,” Rasheed mentioned.

He added that the choice, in any case, will probably be taken by the NCOC and doesn’t fall below the purview of the inside ministry.

As per the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan carried out 40,946 exams within the final 24 hours out of which 3,876 returned constructive, taking the nationwide positivity ratio to 9.46%.

With the brand new instances, the entire variety of coronavirus instances in Pakistan reached 623,135 and the energetic instances within the nation stand at 27,188.

Moreover, the nation misplaced 42 folks to the lethal virus within the final 24 hours, taking the nationwide dying tally to 13,799.

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