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Punjab’s Auqaf dept bans itikaaf in mosques amid rampant unfold of COVID-19

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  • Growth comes within the backdrop of rising coronavirus circumstances and deaths in Pakistan.
  • Authorities additionally bans Youm-e-Ali processions.
  • Pakistan reported 4,696 new and 146 deaths in final 24 hours.

Punjab Auqaf and Non secular Affairs Division on Saturday imposed a ban on observing itikaaf in mosques that are underneath its administration.

Itikaaf is an Islamic ritual the place an individual goes into isolation for a sure variety of days and devotes their time to prayer.

The coronavirus circumstances within the nation are rising and Punjab stays probably the most affected province with 303,182 registered infections.

The event comes after the federal authorities imposed a ban on Youm-e-Ali processions, whereas permitting majalis underneath strict SOPs that are already in place for Ramadan.

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

Officers are frightened the nation’s well being care system, already underneath pressure, may 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 circumstances previously 24 hours and 146 deaths from the illness.

In the meantime, 90% of the coronavirus circumstances detected in Punjab over the past three months have been of the UK variant of COVID-19, sources within the province’s well being division instructed Geo Information earlier within the day.

The provincial well being division’s figures present in February, 13,800 circumstances have been reported, in March, 36,600 infections have been detected, and in April, 34,400 circumstances have been registered — taking the constructive circumstances previous 80,000.

The sources stated 90% of the circumstances within the final three months have been of the UK variant, and 10% have been of the Wuhan variant. They stated that the province has not detected the presence of Brazilian or South African variants.

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