Wary of winter: PM Imran urges people to wear face masks in public | The Express Tribune

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ISLAMABAD:

Cautioning against the onset of winter triggering a second wave of Covid-19, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday urged the nation to wear protective face masks in public spaces.

“Compared to some other states, Allah has been kind to us in Pak & spared us worst effects of Covid-19,” the premier said on Twitter.

The prime minister added, “There is a fear onset of winter could result in 2nd wave. I urge everyone to wear face masks in public to avoid a spike.”

He also directed all offices and institutions to use face masks to help prevent the spread of the disease.

 

Pakistan reported another 632 cases on Sunday, taking the country’s total tally for coronavirus cases so far to 314,616.

Six more deaths were also recorded in the country. Pakistan has recorded a total of 6,513 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, in February.

Around 375 patients also recovered from the virus, taking the tally for recovered patients to 298,968.

On October 3, the national body leading the country’s coronavirus response also asked all provinces and federating units to launch a crackdown on restaurants and wedding halls violating standard operative procedures (SOPs) framed to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the wake of a fresh surge in infections, particularly in the commercial hub of Karachi.

The Pakistan Medical Association also issued a fresh warning over the escalating Covid-19 cases in the country, saying that country might be headed for a second wave of the disease.

In a statement, the doctors’ representative body warned that countries currently experiencing a second wave were facing a more severe form of the disease.

It expressed concerns over the possibility of a similar situation in Pakistan.

The PMA noted that people had stopped following Covid-19 SOPs in Sindh and cautioned that the situation could grow worse if immediate steps were not taken to address the problem.

“It is important that special care is taken in primary and pre-primary schools,” the statement read.





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