Asad Omar calls on nation to encourage people aged 50 and over to get vaccinated

Asad Omar calls on nation to encourage people aged 50 and over to get vaccinated

Asad Omar, chief of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC). – AFP / File

Asad Omar, chief of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), on Sunday called on the nation to encourage all people aged 50 and over to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Pakistan has [27 million] People 50 years of age or older. This age group is most at risk for serious health side effects, he wrote.

Omar said that so far 5.6 million people, or 20.6% of people in this age group, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“Please encourage everyone this age to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” he stressed.

According to the NCOC, Pakistan recorded the highest corona virus positivity ratio of 4.09% in the last 24 hours since May 30, at 4.05%.

The NCOC said that out of 48,382 tests conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, 1,980 cases of corona virus have been detected.

Twenty-seven deaths occurred during this period, the highest being recorded in Sindh, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Of the 27 people who lost their lives, 16 died on ventilators.

The NCO said that a total of 973,284 incidents, 22,582 deaths and 913,203 recoveries were recorded in the country, adding that there were currently 37,499 active cases.

According to the province, the total number of cases in Sindh is 346,360, in Punjab 348,085, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 139,313, Islamabad Capital Territory 83,647, Balochistan 27,961 and Gilgit-Baltistan 6,851. , And Azad Jammu and Kashmir are at 21,067.

The head of the NCOC warned that there were signs of a fourth wave

On Friday, Omar warned everyone that there were “clear early signs” of the onset of the fourth COVID-19 wave in Pakistan due to poor compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the proliferation of delta variables. ۔

Omar said he had warned two weeks ago that the government’s artificial intelligence models were showing a possible fourth wave in July.

Omar expressed frustration over non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol and warned the health department to close the sector without following the directive issued by the authorities.

“Field reports are completely ignoring the state of vaccination for those going to indoor weddings and those going to indoor restaurants and gyms. If the owners of these facilities do not act responsibly and ensure compliance, they Will have no choice but to close.

The Prime Minister emphasized the use of masks and injections

A day before Omar’s warning, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a televised statement to the nation, asked the public to follow the government’s mandatory COVID-19 SOPs, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, to keep the virus away. Strictly follow.

“Although I know people around the world are tired of following SOPs and I think, I want to appeal to the public again. [at least] Wear masks at all times to protect the country from a possible fourth wave of epidemics. “

He explained that masks should be worn whenever there is a confinement with other people at weddings, restaurants and rooms as the risk of spreading the virus in the indoor environment is very high.

The Prime Minister explained, “If someone is in the open, for example in a park, they can take off their masks, but for example when they are with other people inside a bus or car. , So it’s important to wear that mask. ” He is holding a mask in his hands.

“Wearing a mask is a very simple task and this simple step can save the country and our economy from disaster,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan said that poverty has spread all over the world and the poor have suffered due to the lockdown.

“Therefore, I would urge Pakistanis to wear masks and take precautions, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha,” he said.

“The government put a lot of pressure on the people to follow the SOPs and I appreciate the nation for tolerating us, but if you want to avoid more lockdowns and restrictions, then wear a mask,” he said. Keep going. “

The Prime Minister also urged the people to get vaccinated. He said that although Pakistan does not develop its own anti-coronavirus vaccine and the vaccination drive is not as fast as in the United States, people should take advantage of the vaccines available in the country and vaccinate themselves. as soon as possible.

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