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COVID-19 outbreak: President Alvi chairs ulemas’ conference to review SOPs for mosques

ISLAMABAD; In the wake of preventing further spread of coronavirus, President Arif Alvi on Thursday has chaired a video conference of ulemas to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mosques.

According to details, governors and prominent religious clerics from all four provinces were directed to prepare precautionary measures for mosques and present them in the virtual meeting.

Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar also participated in the session along with 14 ulemas while Federal Interior Minister Ijaz Shah and Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq also attended the conference.

Speaking after an interaction with ulemas, President Dr. Arif Alvi announced that the nation will observe Youm-e-Dua on Friday to pray to Almighty Allah for protection against coronavirus pandemic.

He said a strategy of combination of prayers, precautionary measures, and taking care of the weak segment of the society will be pursued in the second wave of COVID-19. He said Pakistan remained successful in controlling the pandemic in its first wave.

The president appealed to masses to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures to check surge of the pandemic. He said ulema have an important role for spreading awareness about precautionary measures. He said they have also agreed to play their effective role in this regard.

Dr Arif Alvi said ulema have reaffirmed to the SOPs issued for mosques on April 17. He also urged the media to enhance its role for spreading awareness among people about SOPs against the pandemic.

On the other hand, Pakistan has reported 39 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 406,810. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 8,205 today.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,499 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Punjab has overtaken Sindh in most number of casualties.

Till now 177,625 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 121,083 in Punjab, 47,919 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17,268 in Balochistan, 31,165 in Islamabad, 7,067 in Azad Kashmir and 4,683 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore 3,091 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 2,968 in Sindh, 1,378 in KP, 169 in Balochistan, 329 in Islamabad, 173 in Azad Kashmir and 97 in GB.

Pakistan has so far conducted 5,627,539 coronavirus tests and 42,904 in the last 24 hours. 346,951 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 2,469 patients are in critical condition.

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