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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan urged local tourists on Monday to get vaccinated before taking holiday trips across Pakistan.

Speaking on behalf of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and health ministry regarding tourism, Sultan said that only vaccinated people will be allowed to go on tours.

“This restriction will be strictly implemented during the upcoming Eid holidays,” the PM’s aide observed during a presser.

“Vaccine is a vital strategy against Covid-19, apart from facemask and other SOPs,” the SAPM stated, urging the masses to get immunised against the corona virus disease (Covid-19).

The health official further maintained that there is no shortage of vaccination jabs in Pakistan.

He added that there were close to 450,000 immunisation shots administered across the country yesterday (Sunday) and around six million doses are also scheduled to arrive.

“The current situation is such that we are witnessing a rise in Covid cases and only with the implementation and adoption of the existing restrictive measures can we hope to control the spread,” Sultan added.

The SAPM also lamented that the country has been careless with the handling of the virus.

In addition, the PM's aide said that the new variants, such as the Delta variant from India, are also adversely affecting the epidemic situation in the country.

“The solution lies in complying with the restrictions imposed by the government.”

He further appealed to the masses to wear a face mask at all times and avoid crowded areas under any circumstances.

He added that special focus will be on large cities and tourist destinations.

“We will take all the administrative help we require to implement restrictions, along with military assistance,” he said.

“We will once again impose smart lockdowns, owing to their effectiveness in the past and will restrict public mobility,” the special assistant to prime minister asserted.

Current situation

Pakistan reported a total of 1,808 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, taking the country's Covid-19 tally to 957,092.

The country's death toll climbed to 22,597 after 15 more people succumbed to the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, 670 patients recovered from the virus in a day taking the total recoveries to 913,873.

According to the NCOC, total active Covid-19 cases across the country were reported to be 38,622.

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