Pakistan has seen an 80 percent drop in coronavirus deaths but risks a spike in new cases after the upcoming Eidul Adha, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has warned.
Reportedly, Pakistan reported its lowest number of deaths in the last 24 hours after hitting a peak on June 20.
According to government data, Pakistan saw daily virus deaths peak at about 150 in June. On Sunday, only 35 new fatalities were reported over the previous day. The country recorded 1,226 new COVID-19 infections in the country. Total cases and deaths are 273,113 and 5,822 respectively. Thus far, 236,434 have recovered from the disease — about 87 per cent of cases.
<347> Today, Alhamdolilah, we have the lowest number of deaths in Pakistan due to COVID-19 in last 3 months. We had a peak of 153 deaths on 20 June and in last 24 hours we had 20. This is 87% reduction in COVID-19 related deaths. Yet no place for any complacency! pic.twitter.com/iLixMcBJB3
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) July 27, 2020
Coronavirus cases can increase after Eid
However, Mirza has also warned that the coronavirus cases can resurge in the country after Eid-ul-Adha if people don’t take necessary precautions.
“We will certainly be facing challenges on Eid-ul-Adha, and Ashura. It may lead to another spike in coronavirus outbreak,” he said in a press conference in Islamabad. The health minister also cautioned that Pakistan could face a similar situation if ‘people act in the same manner they did on Eid ul-Fitr’.
The PM’s aide also recommended collective sacrifice to maintain social distancing. He urged the public to avoid unnecessary travel during Eid holidays.
Pakistan will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on August 1, whereas Ashura, is likely to begin on August 20, subject to the sighting of the moon.
Already, the increasing rush to buy the sacrificial animals from different cattle markets in the country has become a matter of concern for the government. Preparations are in full swing, a hustle and bustle of people is being witnessed in all cattle markets to select sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Adha.
Also, in this Eid, streets get covered with endless blood while the unnecessary meat is then discarded to any corner of the roads. This creates a continuous loop of mess which can become one of the reasons for spreading coronavirus in the country.
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