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NCOC identifies 20 cities as COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ as nationwide cases tally surges to 146,713

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Monday has identified 20 cities across Pakistan as COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ as nationwide cases tally surges to 146,713.

NCOC identifies the potential Covid-19 hotspots using a strategy termed as ‘testing, tracing, and quarantining (TTQ)’. 

According to the press release issued by the centre, the TTQ strategy involves ramping up Covid-19 testing followed by rapidly tracing the contacts of confirmed positive cases, and effective quarantining of positive and suspected cases.

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The 20 cities which have been identified by the NCOC for the enforcement of necessary restrictive measures are as following:

  • Karachi
  • Lahore
  • Quetta
  • Peshawar
  • Rawalpindi
  • Islamabad
  • Faisalabad
  • Multan
  • Gujranwala
  • Swat
  • Hyderabad
  • Sukkur
  • Sialkot
  • Gujarat
  • Ghotki
  • Larkana
  • Khairpur
  • Dera Ghazi Khan
  • Malakand
  • Mardan

The NCOC’s strategy of TTQ was formed to keep the spread of the novel coronavirus in check as different sectors of the economy were allowed to reopen.

Saman Siddiqui

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