Coronavirus

Govt appeals masses to strictly follow social distancing

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The government has appealed to the masses to strictly follow precautionary protocols and social distancing measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has said that wearing masks at crowded places has been declared mandatory to prevent spread of Covid-19 which has so far infected more than 67,000 and killed over 1,400 people across Pakistan.

Dr Zafar Mirza was addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday. He said in view of growing number of Covid19 cases and deaths due to this disease, the government has left no option, except to declare wearing of masks a must at mosques, markets, shopping malls, public transport, and other crowded places.

“78 people, including four health workers, died of Coronavirus in last 24 hours, which is the biggest tally in a single day in Pakistan,” the Special Assistant on National Health said, adding that health workers are the frontline force in fight against Covid19 and the government has taken a number of measures to protect health workers under ‘we care’ programme.

Zafar Mirza said recovery rate of Corona patients is 36 percent, while locally transmission rate stands at 92 percent and despite rise in Corona cases, only around 25 percent of our health system has been engaged so far.

Regarding some messages, circulating on social media based on disinformation, the Special Assistant urged the opinion makers to guide people how to prevent the contagion instead of forwarding and promoting fake news on digital platforms. He also urged families of COVID-19 patients to demonstrate patience, while interacting with health workers at hospitals, who are treating Corona affected people.

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