Coronavirus in Pakistan: Government considering banning food at weddings

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The federal government is considering reimposing coronavirus restrictions, particularly on weddings, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

talking to geo newsParliamentary Secretary on Health Dr Nausheen Hamid termed weddings as a “super-spreader” of COVID cases.

Hamid said: “We are considering a complete ban on eating at weddings as this is the peak time when people remove their masks to eat.”

Hamid further said that the matter will be discussed in the upcoming National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) meeting to be held in a day or two.

He said that the NCOC will issue a clear policy which will highlight the restrictions on venue, number of guests at the wedding etc.

Highlighting other measures, the PTI leader said that as the government’s main focus is to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), officials are trying to ensure that vaccination certificates are being checked at all public places. Is.

“We are going to re-follow the strategy implemented earlier with respect to smart lockdown,” she said, adding that the lockdown will be imposed only in those areas where necessary.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio jumped over 7% as the country recorded 3,567 new cases – the highest since September 10, 2021 – in the last 24 hours, NCOC data showed on Friday morning.

The NCOC said 48,449 tests were conducted across the country, of which 3,567 came back positive and the positivity ratio rose to 7.36%. The country last recorded an infection rate of 6.64% on August 31, 2021.

With the new infections, the total number has risen to 1.315 million, while the death toll has risen to 28,999 due to seven more deaths.