Sharing Pakistan’s ranking on The Economist’s ‘return to normalcy’ index on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Ehsaas team and State Bank of Pakistan for their effective efforts to curb the pandemic.
With a score of 84.4, Pakistan ranked third amongst 50 countries tracked by the Economist Magazine for return to pre-pandemic life.
“And above all, thanks to the mercy of Almighty Allah,” PM Imran said in a tweet.
As per the index, India scored 46.5, ranking it near the bottom at the 48th position. China scored 72.9 on the index, ranking it at the 19th position whereas the United States scored 72.8, ranking it at 20th position.
The global average for return to pre-pandemic activity was 66.6 on the scale of zero to 100.
Congratulations to NCOC members, Ehsaas team & State Bank of Pakistan for effective response to Covid 19 pandemic; and above all thanks to the mercy of Almighty Allah. pic.twitter.com/C8vQP4D9ku
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 7, 2021
On July 5, the NCOC expressed grave concern over the flouting of coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs), as health officials confirmed a “definitive uptick” in Covid cases, percentage positivity, since last week.
According to the daily update of the pandemic issued by the NCOC, the single-day tally of new infections remained above 1,000, mainly fuelled by its rapid spread in Sindh.
However, the death toll from the infectious disease during the past 24 hours was the lowest since February.
Dr Faisal Sultan, the special assistant to the prime minister on health, said two days ago, that there had been a small but noticeable increase in coronavirus cases in the country and appealed to the masses to continue following the government’s mandated coronavirus SOPs.
“Covid data from last week show small but definitive uptick in cases, percentage positivity and other parameters. Masks, avoidance of large crowds and continued vaccination remain crucial tools in this work,” Dr Sultan tweeted.
The NCOC – the nerve centre of the government’s synchronised strategy to contain the global pandemic – in a meeting chaired by Planning Minister Asad Umar, expressed its grave concern over the flouting of the SOPs, which was the cause of the spread of the pandemic.