Pakistan reports highest Covid-19 deaths in nearly four months

10:30 AM | 7 Jul, 2022
Pakistan reports highest Covid-19 deaths in nearly four months
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ISLAMABAD – The COVID-19 situation in Pakistan continues to worsen as nine people died of infection and 872 fresh cases were reported in last 24 hours ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

The South Asian country had last reported nine deaths due to Covid-19 on March 8, this year.

With positivity ratio hovering at 3.77 percent, the overall death toll has surged to 30,412. The tally of total cases has surged to 1,540,147.

The number of patients in critical care was recorded 165. Pakistan conducted a total of 23,125 tests in the last 24 hours. Around 113 patients have recovered from the contagious virus.

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s top monitoring body on the Covid virus issued new guidelines for Eidul Adha, urging masses to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent contagious infection.

The National Command and Operation Centre on Tuesday rolled out fresh guidelines to curb the spread of the novel disease during Eid prayer and Qurbani. The SOPs place special emphasis on wearing facial masks, social distancing, and avoiding shaking hands during the upcoming festival.

The notification cited that Eid prayers should be organized in open spaces under stringent Covid protocols. It said if there is no option but to offer them in indoor spaces, then all windows should be kept open for ventilation.

It added that prayer venues should have two to three prayer sessions with staggered timings to enable maximum people to offer prayers within Covid protocols. NCOC also called on elderly and young children not to attend prayer sessions.

The top body on novel virus also mentioned that efforts should be made to encourage collective and online Qurbani through public, private and community organisations, while ensuring adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

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