Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (photo file: REUTERS)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis must celebrate the upcoming Eid festival with “simplicity” to prevent a surge in new coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday.
Many people ignored social distance guidelines and flocked to mosques and markets during the last religious holiday that marked the end of Ramadan in May – helping trigger a surge in Covid-19 cases across Pakistan.
The increase is encouraging World Health Organization to call new locks all over Pakistan.
“Eid al-Adha Azha it must be celebrated with simplicity so as not to repeat what happened last Eid al-Fitr when standard operating procedures were ignored & our hospital choked “, Khan tweeted, adding that he ordered” strict implementation “of government guidelines.
Eid al-Fitr Festival for animal sacrifice will begin at the end of the month and last for several days. The authorities expect people to go to the market to look for sheep, goats and other animals to slaughter.
Many people in Pakistan return to their family homes from the city to celebrate the festival.
According to official figures, around 260,000 people in Pakistan tested positive for coronavirus, including more than 5,470 deaths.
In recent days, Pakistan has seen new rates of infection very slowly.
While some medical experts say this is due to a decline in testing, Khan said “positive trends” were mainly the result of “smart” locking where hotspots were closed.
Cricketer who turned into a politician Khan has been criticized since the beginning of the virus crisis for opposing a comprehensive and national closure, and instead left the provincial government to impose most restrictions.
He argued that poor Pakistan could not afford the kind of closure that was seen in other countries.