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Pakistanis advised to mask up as COVID positivity rate hovers around 4%

NIH has advised strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs)

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Pakistanis have been advised to mask up as the COVID positivity rate hovers around 4%!

According to the data released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Friday, as many as 750 new COVID-19 infections were detected after 20,854 tests, were conducted nationwide.

Pakistan also reported two deaths on Friday as compared to 4 and 9 on August 4 and 3, respectively.

While164 patients are reported to be in critical care.

 NIH has advised strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs), including mask wearing and social distancing during Muharram gatherings.

The National Command and Operation Centre has already issued guidelines for holding Muharram gatherings and processions.

SOPs for Muharram:

  • COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures i.e mask-wearing, social distancing, and use of sanitizers/hand washing should be adhered to
  • Organizing committees should make arrangements for all SOPs
  • Zakirs and participants should be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • The venue for the conduct of Majalis should be open and spacious with proper ventilation arrangements.
  • Wearing masks and maintenance of social distancing is mandatory during majlis and Processions. with the availability of masks and sanitizers/hand washing
  • Controlled participation according to the capacity of venues and avoidance of overcrowding
  • Duration of majalis and processions should be curtailed.
  • Majalis, where SOPs cannot be effectively implemented at home. So,  conducting private gatherings should be discouraged.
  • Elderly above 65 years, children, and co-morbid may be sensitized to and attend Majalis at home through live streaming.
  • Proper arrangements for cleaning venues with chlorine before and after the events
  • Display of COVID-19 SOPs and precautions at prominent places.
  • SOPs compliance by employing volunteer scouts.

Miscellaneous Aspects

  • Arrangements for food and drinks in spacious and ventilated places.
  • Emphasis on use of disposable utensils; preference on pre-packaged boxes for distribution of food.
  • Avoiding overcrowding at food distribution points/locations.
  • No handshake and embracing.

Areas of Focus

Some of the aspects meriting necessary actions at the federal and federating units level include the following:

  • Messaging by religious clerics for uniform implementation of SOPs /guidelines proposed by NCOC.
  • Strict enforcement of SOPs by the civil administration.

 

 

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.