PM appeals nation to follow SOPs on Eid.


ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed to the nation to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity, strictly observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

'I appeal to my people not to do again what they did on previous Eid (Eidul Fitr). Any public gathering causes the spread of virus and puts pressure on hospitals, doctors and nurses besides causing deaths,' the prime minister remarked talking to media after inaugurating the first-ever Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Centre here yesterday.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister said that any carelessness on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha will lead to a fresh spike in the coronavirus cases.

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He expressed satisfaction that with the cooperation of all the departments concerned the curve of coronavirus cases in the country is on the decline. He said that smart lockdown has yielded positive results.

The prime minister said the effective measures collectively taken by the provinces as advised by the NCOC, had amazingly led to the flattening of coronavirus curve even before the projected time-frame.

Commending the completion of a modern Isolation Hospital in a record short period, the Prime Minister said that important tasks can be completed with political will.

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