ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar requested the nation to follow safety precautions as the covid-19 cases are increasing day by day. While addressing a press conference Federal Minister warned the nation if masses did not acted wisely the situation will worsen and patients will not be able to find beds in hospital. The told that the situation has reached to the level of highest level and compared it with the month of June this year.
“We started issuing warnings in early October as we had anticipated that the situation will worsen if the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) are not strictly followed,” Asad Umar told the media.
He added that in last June, more than 1,750 people suffered from COVID-19 were in urgent need of oxygen.
“At that time (in June), people were concerned about not finding beds in hospitals as infections had peaked during the first wave,” he sai. “Looking at the ongoing situation, which arose over the last three weeks, we will be pushed back to a similar situation if SOPs are not followed.”
Asad Umar told that federal government directing the provinces to take help from religious clerics and Imam masjids to convince the people to follow the safety measures to curtail the corona virus in the country.
“Earlier this year, mosques had played a vital role in controlling the coronavirus situation in the country. Gradually, however, people stopped following the SOPs,” Asad Umar recalled.
Federal minister Asad Umar requested the political parties to postpone the public gatherings and termed it the violations of Islamabad High Court order.
“It is the responsibility of political leaders to spread awareness among the masses regarding the infection. I would myself fail as a politician if I endanger people’s lives and livelihood by holding large gatherings,” Asad Umar said.
“I request the people of Pakistan to follow simple measures like not shaking hands, wearing masks, using hand sanitizers, and observing social distancing to control the pandemic,” he said.
Planning Minister Asad Umar has said the government has decided to close indoor restaurants across Pakistan to prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we follow these easy steps, Allah will save us from the virus, just like He did during the first wave of the pandemic,” he concluded.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Dr Faisal Sultan said 2,900 new cases have been reported during the last 24 hours, while 212 COVID affected patients have admitted to hospitals, while mortality rate has increased to 7.2 percent. He said Pakistan has successfully overcome the first wave of the pandemic due to observance of a disciplined response to the virus by strictly following the SOPs.