Covid-19: Pakistan issues guidelines for Muharram processions

12:38 PM | 22 Jul, 2022
Covid-19: Pakistan issues guidelines for Muharram processions
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ISLAMABAD – The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday issued guidelines to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus during gatherings in Islamic month of Muharram.

The guidelines come as the South Asian country is facing upward trajectory of Covid-19 cases as positivity ration was recorded at 2.95% in last 24 hours. Pakistan reported 679 new cases of infection and seventh deaths, said NCOC in its latest update on Friday.

The top pandemic response body has asked people to strictly follow the guidelines during the processions of Muharram while wearing face masks and ensuring social distance of six feet.

 “Venue for the conduct of Majalis [congregations] should be open and spacious with proper ventilation arrangements,” read NCOC statement.

It stated that “wearing of masks and maintenance of social distancing is mandatory during majalis and processions. Availability of masks and sanitizers/hand washing arrangements at the entrance [should] be ensured by organizing committees.”

It also advised organizers to avoid overcrowding at the gatherings by regulating the entry and exit points of Muharram congregations.

“Majalis where SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] cannot be effectively implemented such as homes and private gatherings may be discouraged,” the NCOC said.

The NCOC asked people aged over 65 years and children to attend the Muharram processions using living streaming. 


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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