Pakistan may cross first covid wave numbers, warns Asad Umar

Pakistan may cross first covid wave numbers said Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Saturday that Pakistan’s coronavirus situation could soon cross levels seen during the first wave in June last year, warning that if the surge in cases is not controlled, tougher restrictions will have to be imposed.

Umar was addressing a media briefing after chairing a session of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the nerve centre of Pakistan’s virus response, which he also heads.

“Our first effort is this (protection of livelihoods) but you’re seeing the speed with which this is continuing to spread. If we don’t take immediate measures then such a situation can also develop that we have to increase restrictions.”

The country is experiencing its third Covid-19 wave – fuelled by the UK variant of the virus – and recorded more than 4,300 cases during the previous 24-hr period.

“The Covid situation which is taking shape is becoming very dangerous,” said the head of the NCOC.

Umar further said that the third wave was being fuelled by the virus’ UK strain which is more transmissible and said that data from other countries in the region also points to this fact.

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