ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday warned that negligence of coronavirus on Eid ul Adha may soar infection cases in Pakistan.
“Because of negligence by the masses on Eid ul Fitr, virus spread rapidly, which resulted in huge pressure on hospitals and our frontline workers — doctors and nurses — as well as increased number of deaths,” PM Imran said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Islamabad isolation hospital and infectious treatment center.
He said following the rise in number of COVID-19 cases, the government imposed smart lockdown and with the grace of Almighty Allah, our infection cases’ curve had started moving downwards now, contrary to our expectations. We were expecting it to peak till the end of July, he maintained.
“Through coordination of the NCOC and all the provinces, we have been listed in those countries where coronavirus cases are receding,” he said.
Imran Khan said that by the grace of Allah (SWT), our country had witnessed less deaths in comparison with other countries. However, he said, he would like to specially warn people that if they committed negligence on Eid ul Adha, then it was feared that the virus would regain strength and infection cases would climb fast.
“We have devised SoPs about how to sacrifice animals. I appeal to the nation to observe this Eid with simplicity,” he said.
The newly built state of the art Islamabad Isolation hospital and infectious treatment center has 250 beds. It has been constructed in record forty days. It will meet additional requirements to ease pressure from capital hospitals.
Meanwhile, there has been an improvement in the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Pakistan with figure now reaching 145,311.
According to National Command and Operation Center, the number of active COVID cases in the country are now 90,554.
3359 people tested positive of 24,333 tests conducted over the last twenty four hours.
Sixty one people lost lives due to the virus during the last twenty four hours.
Out of 1568 ventilators allocated for COVID-19, 435 are occupied across the country.