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Health ministry issues guidelines for Eidul Azha to contain spread of COVID-19

Eidul Azha guidelines

New guidelines for Eidul Azha has been issued, warned that new variants of coronavirus might initiate a fourth wave of the pandemic. 

On Tuesday, the Ministry of National Health has issued guidelines for Eidul Azha. It has also warned of 4th coronavirus wave if SOPs are not followed. This time, guidelines are far less restrictive than during the previous Eidul Fitr, observed in the middle of May, amid the third wave of the infectious contagious disease.  

Those strict implementation of the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) helped the country in declining coronavirus cases.  

  • The strict implementation of the SOPs in the cattle market were advised to the people to prefer online shopping of the sacrificial animals. However, those who wish to go to the market must ensure social distancing. 
  • People without masks should not be allowed to enter the market, hand sanitizers should be placed at the entrances and exits of markets. The vaccine has been made mandatory for the sellers. 
  • People must avoid family events, hugging each other on the Eidul Azha day, because it could spread the disease, according to the issued guidelines. 

According to the daily update issued by the NCOC, the national tally of active Covid-19 cases slid to 32,153 as 735 more people tested positive for the virus while 784 people recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours,  

Among the active cases, 2,201 patients were admitted to various Covid-19 dedicated healthcare facilities of the country, including 1,946 patients under treatment in critical condition. Around 253 ventilators were occupied in the country, the NCOC said. 

Meanwhile, the national caseload of the disease rose to 956,392. Among them 901,985 people had recovered from the disease so far, making it a significant recovery ratio of over 90%. A total of 14,502,023 corona tests have been conducted so far.  

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