Centre pushes for Covid precautions in Muharram gatherings

ISLAMABAD – The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday issued special instructions for managing Muharram-ul-Harram activities with proper COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain disease spread.

The Forum issued these instructions keeping in view the recommendations of the Ulema (scholars) concerned regarding Muharram. The NCOC guidelines underlined that all gatherings and processions would be held under COVID-19 SOPs.

Furthermore, use of face masks, social distancing, and thermal screening during religious processions would be ensured by the administration of that event. The NCOC guidelines clearly stated that private gatherings would be discouraged in the homes. Hand sanitizers and masks would be provided at the venues of the gatherings and processions by the organisers, it added. The NCOC guidelines noted that the Muharram gatherings would be held in ventilated and open spaces.  In addition, Corona SOPs would be prominently displayed during rallies and processions throughout Muharram. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 24,004 after the country reported 86 more fatalities during the last 24 hours.

3,884 more positive cases reported

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 49,506 tests were conducted during this period and 3,884 were positive. The total number of cases has risen to 1,075,504 and the positivity ratio is 7.84 percent. Punjab has reported the highest number of deaths during the last 24 hours with 38 fatalities, followed by 20 in Sindh.

Punjab has reported more than 1,000 cases for fourth straight day. Punjab reported 1,144 Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours. The province’s infection tally has risen to 365,824 and the death toll has climbed to 11,239. Sindh reported 1,390 cases and 20 deaths, Punjab 1,144 cases and 38 deaths, Islamabad 557 cases and 5 deaths, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 437 cases and 14 deaths, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 219 cases and 4 deaths, Gilgit-Baltistan 80 cases and 4 deaths, Balochistan 57 cases and 1 death during the last 24 hours.

The country has reported 2,669 Covid-19 recoveries over the past 24 hours, according to the government’s portal for tracking the spread of the disease. The country has reported a total of 967,073 recoveries so far, and the recovery rate is 89.9 percent.

According to the NCOC province-wise figure, Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths followed by Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The toll of fatalities reached to 24,004 out of them 11,239 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 6,235 in Sindh, 4,570 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 821 in Islamabad, 650 in Azad Kashmir, 332 in Balochistan, and 157 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 1,075,594 cases of coronavirus were reported in Pakistan out of which 401,790 cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 365,824 in Punjab, 149,056 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 91,217 in Islamabad, 31,234 in Balochistan, 27,507 in Azad Kashmir and 8,876 in Gilgit-Baltistan. As many as 967,073 patients have recovered in the country so far whereas 4,530 patients are in critical condition.

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