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ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Friday announced ban air travel for people without vaccination certificate from August 1 onwards.

Announcing measures taken to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant already surfacing amid a fourth wave in Pakistan, the NCOC further announced ensuring strict adherence to SOPs from July 9 to 18 across the country.

The latest instructions of the NCOC come in the wake of an uptick in Covid-19 cases in the country.

According to a statement by the forum, Delta variant cases have emerged in Pakistan and there is a possibility that these would lead to a fourth coronavirus wave.

The authority maintained that it has envisaged a comprehensive plan to deal with the variant as well as other variants of the virus in the country.

The forum also stressed that staffers in the private sector, including corporate sector, small, medium and large industries, agriculture, media, lawyers, private companies, factories, markets, transportation, hotels, traders, gymnasiums, mosques and clerics, wedding halls and workshops be essentially vaccinated before July 31.

Students above the age of 18 years are also required to get vaccinated before the said deadline.