Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, on Saturday said that the scope of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expanding as various important projects entered into the advanced stage.
"There is clear evidence now of a beginning of another COVID wave which has been expected for the last few weeks,” Asad Umar, the minister in charge of supervising anti-COVID-19 operations, said on Twitter.
Pakistan has disbanded the National Command and Operations Centre, which was overseeing the COVID-19 response in the country, as the infection’s numbers were at the lowest since the start of the outbreak early in 2020, the prime minister said.
"87% of the eligible population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 70% has been completely vaccinated,” Minister Asad Umar said, adding that vaccinations were behind the reduction in the spread of the virus.
After Omicron was detected in Pakistan, it also lowered the age limit for the administration of COVID-19 booster jabs from Jan.1 — individuals aged 30 years and above are eligible for it.
Meanwhile, after the UK variant made inroads into various cities of the country, Pakistan has reported its first confirmed patient carrying the Indian strain.
Satisfied with the overall situation, the NCOC announced to lift various COVID-19 restrictions from July 1 owing to the downward trend in infections across the country. Cinemas to operate till 1am, with entry for vaccinated persons only.
Asad Umar warned that countries not accepting vaccination certificates of Chinese vaccines would turn out to be a problem for the entire world if a decision was not taken on the issue at the global level.
Asad Umar announced on Tuesday that the NCOC has decided to start inoculating children who are 12 years and older against the coronavirus in a bid to build herd immunity against COVID-19.
Pakistan will ban air travel for anyone without a COVID-19 vaccine certificate from Aug.1 and will require all public sector workers to get vaccinated by Aug.31, the government announced on Thursday along with a host of other restrictions.