Asad Umar urges people to avoid travelling to remote areas on Eid

Asad Umar urges people to avoid travelling to remote areas on Eid
Islamabad: Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar has urged people to avoid travelling to remote areas on Eidul Azha to contain spread of coronavirus.

While addressing a presser alongside KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Asad Umar said that several remote areas in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have limited health facilities and residents of those areas may not be able to bear the burden of any health crisis.

“I urge you all to stay at homes in order to avoid a breakout and burdening the health system,” he added.

The minister further appealed to people that they should follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Eid.

“Our biggest test is on Eid. Every Muslim wants to sacrifice and he must sacrifice. But our religion has also taught us not to do anything that will harm others,” he said.

Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza said that Pakistan recorded 20 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours which is the lowest number of fatalities in the last three months.

He further stated that it was 87% reduction in COVID-19 related deaths, but warned that there was no room for complacency.

"Today, Alhamdolilah, we have the lowest number of deaths in Pakistan due to COVID-19 in last 3 months. We had a peak of 153 deaths on 20 June and in last 24 hours we had 20. This is 87% reduction in COVID-19 related deaths. Yet no place for any complacency!," Zafar Mirza tweeted.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases surged to 274,289 in Pakistan on Monday, while the death toll stands at 5842.

According to National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 1,176 cases of coronavirus were reported while 20 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.

As many as 241,026 patients have recovered from the disease, while the country is still witnessing a consistent rise in the COVID-19 cases.