Coronavirus cases can increase if SOPs not followed in Muharram, warns NCOC

Coronavirus cases can increase if SOPs not followed in Muharram, warns NCOC

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) has warned that the country may witness another spike in Covid-19 cases if Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) ignored during Muharram, Radio Pakistan reported.


During a meeting of the NCOC, Minister for Religious Affairs Nurul Haq Qadri said "comprehensive protocols and health guidelines" were being laid out for Muharram processions in consultations with the ulema.

The Punjab government on Monday announced to lift all restrictions ending the smart lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), across the province.

“With the exception of wedding halls, all business centres have been opened from today (Monday),” provincial health secretary said. “Religious gatherings will be subject to the permission of the concerned administration and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he added.

However, the official warned that the danger has not been averted yet and requested the people to remain cautious.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Tourism Department (PTD) has issued a notification comprising 14 precautionary guidelines.

The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 260,764 on Monday after another 516 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.