Asad Umar warns of another lockdown if Covid cases continue to rise

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ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Asad Umar has urged the people to take Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) seriously.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the minister warned of another lockdown if cases continue to rise, saying the government “may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on people’s livelihoods”.

The minister said there are unmistakable signs of the rise of coronavirus in the country, adding that national positivity of Covid-19 cases was 2.37pc on Wednesday.

“This is the highest positivity in more than 50 days.”

He said that 11 virus deaths on average have been reported during the first four days of this week.

The federal minister also noted that Covid-19 positivity is “extremely high” in Muzaffarabad, “high” in Karachi, and “rising” in Lahore and Islamabad.

“Time for all of us to take Covid SOPs seriously again. Otherwise, unfortunately, we may have to take restrictive actions that have negative effects on people’s livelihoods,” he warned.

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