NCC says some businesses will remain closed

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – June 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national coordination committee (NCC) meeting reviewed, in detail, on Monday the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in the country and decided to continue pursuing the policy of maintaining balance between life and livelihood while ensuring strict implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain spread of virus.

According to an official statement, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired the NCC meeting.

It was decided during the meeting to issue a negative list of businesses that will remain suspended in the effort to check further spread of the disease.

However, a recommended list of businesses and commercial activities, unanimously agreed upon by the federal government and the federating units, will be circulated to industry allowing them to resume their activities.

Due to uncertainty about the life and spread of virus, it was reiterated during the meeting that we have to learn to live with COVID-19, however, the SOPs will be implemented to check the spread of the virus.

The PM decided that stranded Pakistanis abroad, who are mostly the working classes and labourers will not be left unattended during these testing times and that special flights will be operated to bring them back to the country.

PM Khan directed that every effort must be made to facilitate them in their travel and on arrival ensuring that all passengers are quickly tested at the airports.

The meeting paid special tributes to the healthcare staff for their invaluable services in saving precious human lives.

PM Khan directed that all possible facilitation including provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other facilities be ensured to the healthcare workers who are frontline soldiers in the fight against coronavirus.

The PM also appreciated use of technology and resource management system for ensuring optimum utilisation of the healthcare facilities and providing the people with accurate information and easy access to the available health facilities.

PM Khan also appreciated testing, tracking and quarantine strategy that has been developed to effectively test, track and isolate the affected patients.

The participants including all the chief ministers pledged their commitment in pursuing the decisions taken during the meeting of NCC and doing every bit to make the public aware of measures to deal with the COVID-19 and fight it together at the national level.