President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the nation to strictly observe precautionary measures on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In his message, President Alvi urged people to help the needy as the Coronavirus pandemic had negatively affected the economy, The Express Tribune reported.
Prime Minister Khan, in his message, said the pandemic had become a challenge for humanity and the entire world is faced with a critical situation.
He added that the people should strictly adhere to the SOPs in place and the government is utilizing all its capabilities to control the epidemic in the country.
Meanwhile, animal traders in various parts of the country have suffered huge losses as shopping of sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Adha has been hit due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Eid-al-Adha celebrations this year are likely to be without the usual fervour amid rising coronavirus cases and restriction in view of the pandemic.
Authorities in various states have issued guidelines, advising people to offer congregational prayers on Eid at home. Due to lockdown and social distancing in various states, the transport of animals and sale has also been affected.
As of Saturday, the number of Coronavirus cases in Pakistan stood at 278, 914, with 5, 968 deaths.
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