Pakistan military to assist implement Covid norms

Islamabad, April 26

Pakistan on Monday deployed army across the country to help civil institutions in implementing the standard operating procedures against the coronavirus, amid the surge in the Covid-19 cases. Army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said enhanced deployment was done in 16 major cities with “very high positivity rate”.

These cities include Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda and Swabi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province), Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur and Gujranwala (Punjab), Karachi and Hyderabad (Sindh), Quetta (Balochistan), Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and Islamabad.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said army teams would be led by brigadiers at the administration division level and by lieutenant colonels at the district level. He said that 75% of oxygen production was dedicated to the healthcare sector but it would be enhanced if required by reducing industry’s share. — PTI

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