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ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan faces a fifth wave of deadly epidemics, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Wednesday imposed further bans on cities, especially schools, weddings and gyms, with a Kovid-19 positive ratio of more than 10 per cent.

There have been about 5,472 new coronavirus cases in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, the highest since August last year. According to the forum, the Covid-19 positive ratio reached 9.48 percent, the Express Tribune reported.

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Restrictions have been imposed on the education sector, where educational activities have also been restricted. The NCOC said, “Students under the age of 12 will have 50 percent attendance at school, including a three-day schedule per week, while students over the age of 12 will have 100 percent attendance at school.”

Moreover, by imposing restrictions on marriages, the NCOC decided at the meeting to impose a complete ban on internal marriages while external marriages were restricted to 300 fully vaccinated persons.

Indoor gyms will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, and cinemas, shrines and parks will also be subject to 50 percent occupancy.

“All forms of communication will be banned. Public transport has also been instructed to continue operating at 70 per cent capacity,” the forum said.

These restrictions are maintained for cities with a covid positivity ratio of more than 10 percent. However, keeping in mind the deadly wave of coronavirus in Pakistan, NCOC has also imposed restrictions on cities with a positive ratio of less than 10 percent.

Where the Covid-19 positivity rate is up to 10 percent, where outdoor gatherings with a maximum limit of 500 guests are allowed, indoor gatherings of up to 300 people, including weddings, will be allowed.

The gym, dine-in and parks will only be open to vaccinated people, according to The Express Tribune.

The NCOC has not yet made a decision on changing business and office hours. The NCOC meeting will be held again on January 27 to review the situation.

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