COVID-19: Pakistan issues new guidelines amid fresh infections, deaths

Islamabad – After the positive test of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the total number of active cases of coronovirus in Pakistan has reached 8782 with 615 more people.

According to the latest figures, during the last twenty-four hours, contagion claimed the lives of fourteen more people.

A total of 28,916 trials were conducted in the last 24 hours.

So far, 305,080 patients have been cured of the virus in the South Asian country.

Meanwhile, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Tuesday issued guidelines relating to all types of public ceremonies except marriages and sports activities, given the prevailing COVID-19 status and the possibility of its spread.

The guidelines were prepared with input from the provinces following inclusive deliberations and recommendations.

According to the guidelines, public gathering meant that people were gathered at any place; Indoor or outdoor for any purpose, such as cultural events, religious ceremonies, sporting events, entertainment or cultural events, parties, political ceremonies or similar events.

However, different types of public ceremonies are mentioned in the security guidelines, such as entertainment or cultural gathering, public gathering of unions or associations or any such group, religious gathering, political gathering, family gathering. , Civil society groups to follow, sports related gatherings (SOPs) are being issued separately. ) And marriage (to be a frequent and compulsory activity) were excluded and a separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with strict restrictions had already been issued.

The guidelines clearly stated that public ceremonies should be discouraged given their ability to become super spreaders, no public meetings should be held except those related to economic activity.

In addition, if the holding of public ceremonies was unavoidable, these should be held at well-defined venues, which facilitate the enforcement of the following SOPs as the maximum participation for indoor events is 500 persons or 50 percent capacity whichever is less. was.

The duration of the event or activity should not exceed 3 hours, all persons will be seated without any participation. The distance of the gap chair should be minimum 3 feet or more.

In case of external events, the following safeguards and SOPs should be ensured in the form of entry / exit control, density control, social disturbances.

In addition, all persons shall be seated at a distance of 3 feet or more with no permanent participation and inter-chair distance.

However, the duration of the event or activity should not exceed 3 hours, avoiding rallies, walks or ceremonies on roads, streets and other ill-defined locations.

Organizer to be responsible for ensuring SOP compliance, social security and provision of COVID safety kits (a mask and a mini hand sanitizer) to each person “No public meeting should be held in cities where positivity ratios are consistently Be higher and within the second slab (6-9 percent) or above, according to the instructions ‘Quantified Trigger and Corresponding NPIs already issued’. The guidelines for participants refer to children and the elderly. Should be discouraged to participate, people with symptoms related to COVID or respiratory disease should not be allowed to participate, individuals with comradeship such as chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disorders, etc. Permission to participate.

It stated that no presence, no handshake or hugging was allowed without a mask.

For the arrangement of refreshments and meals in public ceremonies, it was provided that no food or light refreshments should be allowed in any kind of gathering.

Meanwhile, drinking water facilities should be dispersed at multiple locations to avoid congestion, preferably water bottles should be provided to participants, otherwise disposable glass should be used.

Organizers display large-scale public awareness, anti-COVID awareness boards or banners during events to be performed, while periodic for masks, social distances and other SOPs through the sound system Announcements are made at

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