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  • Federal ministers attend vital session of NCOC to assessment COVID-19 scenario.
  • NCOC decides to ban all processions on Youm-e-Ali.
  • Majalis are permitted below strict COVID-19 SOPs.

ISLAMABAD: Amid surging coronavirus instances within the nation, the federal authorities on Saturday imposed a ban on Youm-e-Ali processions, whereas majalis might be permitted below strict SOPs that are already in place for Ramadan.

An vital session on the conduct of Youm-e-Ali was held on the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Growth and Particular Initiatives Asad Umar. Minister for Inside Sheikh Rasheed, Minister for Spiritual Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and SAPM on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan have been additionally current.

The provincial secretaries and representatives of legislation enforcement businesses attended the session by video hyperlink.

“Keeping in view the risk factor due to the ongoing surge in COVID spread across the country and particularly in major urban centres, it was decided to ban all sort of processions while holding of Majalis has been permitted under strict COVID SOPs which are already in place for Ramazan ul Mubarik,” learn an NCOC assertion.

The discussion board emphasised the necessity to have interaction spiritual students and group leaders at provincial and district ranges for the implementation of those selections.

Spike in instances

Pakistan has seen file deaths in latest days from the coronavirus, and stricter restrictions on motion and gathering in public are deliberate for the upcoming Eid vacation. 

Officers are anxious the nation’s well being care system, already below pressure, might attain breaking level if extra contagious variants of the virus start to unfold, as has occurred in neighbouring India.

On Saturday, authorities reported 4,696 new confirmed COVID-19 instances up to now 24 hours and 146 deaths from the illness.

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