Pakistan’s Covid-19 cases can surge if precautions aren't followed, warns Zafar

Pakistan’s Covid-19 cases can surge if precautions aren't followed, says Zafar
Islamabad: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza has warned a spike in Coronavirus cases saying that reports tracking virus from the past week are not satisfactory.

While addressing a presser on Friday on Covid-19 situation in Pakistan, Zafar Mirza warned people that things can get much worse if precautionary measures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) aren't followed.

"The number of cases will keep on increasing if people will not follow precautionary measures. We are telling everyone repeatedly that the only way to contain spread of virus is by following precautionary measures. People using public transport or going into shops should wear masks,” he stated.

Dr Zafar Mirza further advised people to follow SOPs and precautions especially on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.

"This Eid is different than any other Eid we have had in the past. This year avoid hugging your loved ones and wear a mask when you meet them,” Mirza said.

The SAPM directed people to avoid going to the mosque on Eid.

“People should start their Eid day by praying their special namaz at home,” he added.

2603 new cases of the novel coronavirus infections have been reported across Pakistan, taking the total to 50,694 as the death toll also continued to climb.

Over the past 24 hours, 50 more individuals lost their lives to COVID-19, as the deaths surged to 1,067.

Sindh has 19,924 cases, Punjab has 18,455, KP has 7,155 while Balochistan has 3,074 cases. Islamabad has 1,326 while Gilgit Baltistan has 602 and Azad Kashmir has 158 cases of infections.

According to official figures, 16,387 tests were carried out across the country yesterday which brings the total number of tests to 445,987. A total of 12,489 patients have recovered from the disease so far.