ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed to the nation to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity, strictly observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus. Speaking to the media after inaugurating Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Center in Islamabad on Thursday, the prime minister stressed that people should not throw caution to the wind this Eid as they did on Eidul Fitr, which, according to him, lead to a rapid increase in the number of cases, piling pressure on hospitals and healthcare workers. “Eid is coming, we should not do what we did the previous Eid,” the prime minister emphasised, adding the country saw a surge in coronavirus cases following Eidul Fitr as the disease peaked. The Prime Minister said any carelessness on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha will lead to a fresh spike in the Coronavirus cases. “We didn’t hope that it will go down so soon and expected it to peak by July-end,” PM Khan said, adding: “Pakistan is among a few countries where the number of infections is going down.” He expressed satisfaction that with the cooperation of all the departments concerned the curve of Coronavirus cases in the country is on the decline. He said smart lockdown has yielded positive results. Commending completion of a modern Isolation Hospital in a record short period, the Prime Minister said important tasks can be completed with political will. Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated 250-bed Islamabad Isolation hospital and infectious treatment center for medical assistance of patients suffering from viral diseases. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chinese delegation were also accompanying the premier on the occasion. During the visit, Imran Khan was briefed over the facilities available at the hospital. It is to be mentioned here that state of the art facility was constructed in record forty days to meet additional requirements to ease pressure from capital hospitals. NDMA Chairman Lt. General Muhammad Afzal briefed the Prime Minister about the isolation hospital. The 250-bed state of the art medical facility has been constructed in record forty days at a cost of about 980 million rupees. Planning Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, and other senior officials were also present on the occasion. Meanwhile, there has been an improvement in the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Pakistan with figure now reaching 145,311. Pakistan has confirmed 61 deaths in a single day by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 240,848. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 4,983. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 3,359 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours. Sindh has become the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. Till now 99,362 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 84,587 in Punjab, 29,052 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,052 in Balochistan, 13,731 in Islamabad, 1,605 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 1,459 in Azad Kashmir. Furthermore 1,955 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 1,637 in Sindh, 1,054 in KP, 124 in Balochistan, 142 in Islamabad, 31 in GB and 40 in Azad Kashmir. Patients are under treatment at quarantine centers of 462 hospitals where 7,295 beds are available. Pakistan has so far conducted 1,491,437 coronavirus tests and 24,333 in last 24 hours.