NCOC issues Covid prevention guidelines for Eidul Azha | The Express Tribune


ISLAMABAD:

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reiterated on Sunday the Ministry of Health’s guidelines for Eidul Azha, urging masses to follow the SOPs to prevent Covid infections.

All cattle markets will be set up outside the cities with adherence to SOPs, said an official communique released by the authority.

The authority also made it mandatory for all staffers and the dealers of the markets to get vaccinated.

The NCOC also directed the markets’ administration to provide hand sanitisers, masks, and the facility of rapid antigen tests at the premises.

Moreover, the authority imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of animals within cities.

G-B’s Covid situation

Meanwhile, the statement added, a delegation led by the NCOC director general visited Gilgit-Baltistan to review the overall Covid situation and vaccinations in the region.

The delegation inspected vaccination centers set up in Gilgit, Shigar and Hunza and ensured the tribal elders there that the authority had decided to vaccinate all registered population to ensure safety at tourist spots.

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A special team was also formed on the occasion to ensure Covid prevention and improved vaccinations in the region.

Vaccinations

It said that vaccinations administered so far in the country have crossed the mark of 10.67 million. More than 830,000 vaccines were administered in the month of June.

On June 28, the Ministry of National Health issued guidelines for Eidul Azha, warning that new variants of coronavirus might initiate a fourth wave of the pandemic because of a lot of activities during the auspicious occasion.

The guidelines are far less restrictive than seen during the previous Eidul Fitr, which was observed in the middle of May, amid the third wave of the infectious disease. Thanks to strict implementation of the Covid-19 SOPs, the cases continued to decline.

The ministry guidelines suggested strict implementation of the SOPs in the cattle market. It advised people to prefer online shopping of 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, the guidelines said, adding that hand sanitizers should be placed at the entrances and exits of markets. For the sellers, the ministry made the vaccine mandatory.

Similarly, the guidelines urged the faithful to ensure social distancing during Eid congregations. The ministry also urged people to avoid family events, hugging each other on the Eid day, because it could spread the disease.



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