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Pakistani PM appeals for caution during Eid holidays

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pleads for strict SOPs observance during Eid al Adha and Moharrum in order to prevent a repeat of the lapse over Eidul Fitr.

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  uploaded on TNN 34 FTP on  MONDAY   (JULY 27, 2020)

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DATE :  JULY  27, 2020

DATELINE: ISLAMABAD

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Shotlist:  ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN       (JULY  27, 2020)    (PM OFFICE   – ACCESS ALL)

01 PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN CHAIRING MEETING ABOUT COVID 19
02 VARIOUS OF MINISTERS SEATED                 ( ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN)       (JULY  27, 2020)    (PTV   – ACCESS ALL)
03 (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN SAYING:  
“Eid is around the corner, and after that is Moharram (Shi’ite religious festival). Today I want all Pakistanis to listen to me carefully. It is very important for you to understand that if Allah has been kind to us, and our corona cases have gone down, we need to realize that if we are not careful during the upcoming Eid al Adha and Moharram periods, the number of cases can rise again.”
04 MINISTERS LISTENING
05 (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN SAYING:  
“And what will happen then? It will result in losses. We have already suffered economic losses because of the lockdowns. The entire world has suffered economically because of lockdowns. We may have suffered less losses than the rest of the world, but our economic condition was already not very good. Now that Allah has been compassionate to this nation, we do not want that ,  because of our ingratitude and irresponsible behaviour, we repeat what had happened during Eid ul Fitr. Before that Eid, we thought that , since our cases are not increasing , Pakistanis may be having some sort of immunity against the virus. So we were negligent, and our corona cases rose immediately, which resulted in pressure on our hospitals.”    
06 MINISTERS SEATED
STORY: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday (July 27) appealed to the  nation to strictly observe SOPs  during Eid holidays to prevent a spike in COVID 19  cases in the country.

“Eid is around the corner, and after that is Moharram (Shi’ite religious festival). Today I want all Pakistanis to listen to me carefully. It is very important for you to understand that if Allah has been kind to us, and our corona cases have gone down, we need to realize that if we are not careful during the upcoming Eid al Adha and Moharram periods, the number of cases can rise again,” Khan said in a televised address to the nation.

Pakistan will start celebrating Eid al-Adha on August 1, whereas Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar, is likely to begin on August 20, subject to the sighting of the moon.

Pakistan's infection, and death rates have significantly dropped over the past few weeks, bringing down the daily virus cases to below 1,500 compared to an average 5,000 cases per day in May and June. Experts say this could be the result of fewer tests being conducted across the country.

However, health officials say that virus-linked fatalities have reduced by 80% during the last few weeks. But they warn that public gatherings, and ignoring precautions could ruin the achievements.
The government is currently implementing a "smart lockdown" -- locality-based restrictions in hotspots across 20 big cities to stem the spread of the virus. It has also banned the setting up of small makeshift cattle markets within cities.
All public places including parks and restaurants will remain closed to curb the spread of the virus.

Khan said if people did not heed the precautions, it could lead to disastrous results.
“And what will happen then? It will result in losses. We have already suffered economic losses because of the lockdowns. The entire world has suffered economically because of lockdowns. We may have suffered less losses than the rest of the world, but our economic condition was already not very good. Now that Allah has been compassionate to this nation, we do not want that ,  because of our ingratitude and irresponsible behaviour, we repeat what had happened during Eid ul Fitr. Before that Eid, we thought that , since our cases are not increasing , Pakistanis may be having some sort of immunity against the virus. So we were negligent, and our corona cases rose immediately, which resulted in pressure on our hospitals,” he said.

Pakistan had recorded a total number of 274,289 coronavirus cases, and 5843 virus-linked deaths by Monday (July 27) , the Health Ministry said.

Over 70% of the patients, or 237,434, have recovered.

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