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NCOC closes operations as Covid-19 indicators hit ‘all-time low’ across the country

NCOC closes its operations from today as Covid-19 indicators hit an ‘all-time low’ across the country.

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) was established for handling the Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan.

The National Disaster Management Authority spearheaded the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

However, on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the NCOC was established in April 2020 to collect, analyze, and process COVID-19-related data from all provinces and federally administered territories including AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Islamabad.

The formal announcement was made by the NCOC head and Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar in a tweet, saying, “Today is the last day of NCOC operation. With covid indicators at all-time lows & high levels of vaccination, the baton is now being passed on to the health ministry. Chairing NCOC during the last 2 years & working with the most dedicated team has been the greatest privilege and honour of my life.”

“With Allah’s mercy & support of the entire nation, we have been able to overcome this unprecedented challenge. Makes me immensely proud as a Pakistani that Pak received praise for its covid response as one of the most successful in the world from global agencies & personalities,” he added.

Later PM Imran Khan also praised the efforts NCOC made in handling the pandemic.

“Today, as NCOC closes down, I want to congratulate the NCOC team and its l[ea]dership for a professional, nationally-coordinated response to the pandemic,” the PM said in a tweet.

“As a result, our Covid response was recognised by int[ernational] agencies and people in the field as one of the most successful globally,” PM added.


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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