ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Development, Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar Tuesday announced the lifting of additional non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in 18 of 24 districts where the restrictions were enforced earlier this month in the wake of high coronavirus prevalence.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he expressed confidence that the situation will further improve in the next fifteen days and reduce the existing pressure on the hospitals. He however warned that the threat is not over.
The Minister for Planning said tougher restrictions were imposed in twenty four districts earlier this month to curb the spread of the virus. He expressed satisfaction that the situation has now improved in eighteen districts.
He said that the high degree of restrictions will stay in place in the remaining six districts till 22nd of this month. These include Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Gujarat and Bannu.
The Minister for Planning said that educational institutions are being reopened from Thursday in a staggered manner. Intercity transport is being allowed with fifty percent occupancy. Outdoor dining will now be allowed in these districts by twelve midnight but indoor dining will remain closed.
The Minister for Planning said that amusement parks are being opened for fully vaccinated people. He said outdoor gathering of four hundred people is being allowed.