ISLAMABAD: As the declining trend of Covid-19 cases prevailing in the country, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednes­day relaxed a number of restrictions on commercial activities and official work.

According to a statement, the NCOC took comprehensive review of the existing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs).

Under the new directives, time limit on commercial activities has been lifted and condition of 50 per cent attendance at workplaces removed with immediate effect.

Permission to hold indoor wedding ceremonies and opening of cinemas and shrines has been granted with effect from March 15. However, the decision to allow indoor dining will depend on the outcome of the review meeting to be held on March 10.

The NCOC also increased the number of spectators attending Pakistan Super League (PSL) pool matches to 50pc from the present 20pc and permitted full attendance during play-offs with stringent standard operating procedures.

However, the statement said the decisions could be reviewed in case infection rate rose again. The provinces, meanwhile, can enforce targeted NPIs where required depending on disease prevalence in a given area or sector.

On the other hand, Pakistan saw another 1,196 people getting infected and 50 dying of Covid-19 in a single day.

The worldwide cases, however, continued to fall for the sixth consecutive week.

As many as 2.4 million new infections were reported globally which was an 11 per cent decline compared to the previous week.


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