The federal government has taken the decision that it will be reopening the NADRA office across Pakistan from the 4th of May.
As per a notification that was issued today, the directives of reopening the National Database and Registration Authority offices have been given by the Prime Minister.
The Ministry of Interior had shut down all the NADRA and passport offices on the 20th of March as part of the steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Besides, the registration authority has also given an extension in the expiry date of all the CNICs owing to the lapse between the 1st of September 2019 to the 30th of June 2020. However, an online request can be submitted.
Earlier it was in reports that NADRA had not been adopting the safety protocols adequately that it should against the novel virus.
An employee was quoted as saying that they get thousands of visitors at the offices on a per-day basis across the various offices in the country, and they all are put through the process of biometrics for thumb impressions in order to issue the CNICs, this could spread the virus.
So far the COVID-19 affectees count in Pakistan has exceeded 16,000.