The Pakistani authorities encourage people to buy sacrificial animals, or at least to wear masks when visiting the markets of cattle, fear, preparations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha can reverse the decline COVID-19 the number of infection.
The government social-distancing restrictions this year, including half-day closing saw a drop in customers on the usually bustling market, which, as in other Muslim countries, in the cities on the eve of one of the most important holidays of Islam.
The main cattle market in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, was less busy on Sunday than in previous years, just six days before the festival, Reuters witnesses said. Trader of Allah Ditta, who traveled hundreds of miles to sell their shares, told Reuters his clients almost doubled.
The majority of visitors has violated the requirement to wear masks, and many of them were accompanied by children, who banned this year.
“I don’t understand this syndrome. I didn’t see anyone die,” said the trader, Muhammad Akram. “Look around you: no one wears a mask.”
Pakistan reported more than 270,000 COVID-19 cases, with almost 6,000 deaths. Daily number of new cases numbered just 1,200 Sunday, compared with a peak last month is coming around 7,000 other holiday, Eid al-Fitr.
“In the past four weeks there has been a significant slowdown in the spread of the epidemic, with 80% reduction in mortality,” public health Minister Zafar Mirza said on Sunday three weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19.
“Last EID, as collections grew, people travelled, and this interaction caused the cases spike,” said Misra. “People should take this very seriously and responsibly. There is a chance that things can go again, as in Spain.”
While visitors to the market have fallen, more and more people give charity to the slaughter of cattle on their behalf and deliver them to cut them out or donate to the needy.
Shakeel Dehelvi, joint General Secretary Alamgir charitable Foundation, said the charity got its target reservation number twice as fast as last year.