ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 (APP): Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid Thursday said that the number of coronavirus cases in Punjab province has significantly decreased in the wake of the smart lockdown policy. She said that the figure showed that the number of people with COVID-19 in hospital has fallen.
Talking to a private news channel, she expressed satisfaction over the reduction of coronavirus cases in the province due to the smart lockdown and said that the burden on our hospitals for coronavirus patients is decreasing.
She said that the overall statistics of the deadly virus in the city have declined. Cases diagnosed have reduced, the number of deaths have gone down and recoveries have increased. The Minister also revealed that the government was no longer testing asymptomatic patients of the virus on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
The minister said that the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha will be a testing time for the nation. “If the people don’t take precautions and are careless, the declining graph of the virus is likely to increase again, like it did on Eid-ul-Fitr”, she warned. She said that future decisions of the government regarding lock downs and other measures will be determined by the COVID-19 situation each day. “We need to learn to live with the virus and take precautionary measures simultaneously”, she said, adding that if this was done Pakistan’s overall position will get better by the year-end.
The minister added that if the decreasing trend of coronavirus continues, educational institutes could be reopened in September after the final meeting in the first week of August.
“The SOPs regarding it are being prepared with the collaboration of the health and the education department”, she added. Replying to a Question, she said that the Punjab government has already issued the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the establishment of cattle markets in connection with Eid ul Azha. The government has restricted the elderly and children from visiting cattle markets and people experiencing symptoms like fever, cough should avoid visiting cattle markets, she added.
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