After the country’s pandemic indicators hit a ‘all-time low,’ the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the nation’s only centre for dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic, will shut down operations on Thursday.
NCOC Chairman and Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar made the announcement on Twitter.
“Today marks the end of the NCOC’s operations. The torch has now been given to the health ministry, with Covid indicators at all-time lows and a high level of vaccination.”
He went on to say that chairing the NCOC for the past two years and working with the “committed team” was the greatest “pleasure and honour” of his life.
In a press conference in Islamabad, Umar said that all institutions and segments of society, including religious experts, played a critical part in the fight against the pandemic.
“International organisations have also recognised our response to the pandemic,” he continued.
Pakistan has reported 244 new Covid-19 instances in the last 24 hours, with six deaths and seven individuals in critical condition.
Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the NCOC’s reaction to the pandemic as well.