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Asad Umar warns out entire lockdown in COVID-19’s fourth wave



Asad Umar warns out entire lockdown in COVID-19's fourth wave.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Asad Umar, Minister of Planning and Development, has stated that the federal government will not enforce total lockdown during the fourth wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is expected to occur in July 2021.

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In his speech at a ceremony in Islamabad on Thursday, the minister claimed that during previous Coronavirus waves, the government’s plan for dealing with the pandemic and overcoming its aftereffects was quite successful.

The minister asked individuals to continue following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and vaccinating themselves in order to deal with the 4th wave effectively.

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However, he said that if the ratio of positive instances increases, the government will resort to smart lockdown, as it did in the previous phase.

According to Asad Umar, the National Command and Operation Centre (CNOC) alerted the Kashmir Election Commission through letter regarding violations of Coronavirus SOPs during ongoing election campaigns.