Coronavirus still a threat, must ensure implementation of SOPs: Asad Umar

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PESHAWAR (City News) – Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, while appealing to the public, said that the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat and it should be treated as such. Strict implementation of SOPs and precautionary measures will ensure that Eid-ul-Adha passes without causing a major spike in new cases.

Briefing the media after the NCOC meeting in Peshawar, Asad Umar said that the spread of the virus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was on the decline and the provincial government played a vital role in achieving this.

The Federal Minister said that Eid-ul-Adha is an important occasion but it is our responsibility to practice precautions in order to protect ourselves and those around us. He urged the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity and conduct sacrifice in a manner that does not result in spread of the virus.

Asad Umar advised people to use masks while maintaining social distance in cattle markets and celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with caution by avoiding crowded recreational places.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan said that SOPs have been formulated in public interest to save the lives of the people, they should be followed strictly. He also urged the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity, just as all ministers and members of the KP Assembly will.

CM KP said that after Eid, reopening of tourism industry in the province will be discussed and the PM will be approached in this regard. But, until the virus is controlled, people should avoid crowds.

CM Mehmood Khan said he would like to dedicate this Eid-ul-Adha to the martyrs of the Covid-19 pandemic, who lost their lives because of the deadly disease.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan has reached 274,289 with the virus claiming 20 more lives, bringing the death toll to 5,842.

According to the latest figures from the NCOC, 1,176 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, and now the total tallies stand at 92,073 in Punjab, 118,311 in Sindh, 33,397 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 11,601 in Balochistan. 1,989 total cases have been reported in Gilgit-Baltistan, 14,884 in Islamabad and 2,034 in Azad Kashmir.

So far 1,890,236 people have been tested across the country and 22,056 new tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. So far, 241,026 patients have recovered while the condition of 1,229 patients is critical.

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