LAHORE: The Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has ordered authorities to take tough security measures during the Eidul Azha festival, as well as to ensure strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) of COVID-19, ARY News reported on Tuesday.
CM Usman Buzdar called on authorities to take foolproof security measures for Eidul Azha prayer gatherings across the province. He added that violation of Covid SOPs in livestock markets will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken by authorities.
He also led cleanliness arrangements in sacrificial cattle markets in addition to making special traffic plans around animal markets. The chief minister called on the police to form special teams to stop the unicycle.
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Earlier today, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar chaired a meeting of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Tuesday to review the implementation of the Covid-19 SOPs ahead of Eidul Adha.
During the meeting, the NCOC deliberated on the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Karachi and Gilgit Baltistan and expressed satisfaction with the additional measures taken by the Sindh government to tackle the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The number of ventilators and oxygen cylinders has been increased by 30 and 500, respectively, in Gilgit Baltistan. NCOC has been informed of the acceleration of the vaccination campaign.
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He was informed that more than 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered daily in Pakistan and that vaccination centers will remain closed on the first day of Eid ul Adha.
The NCOC was further informed that people, including students, traveling abroad are receiving the Moderna vaccine. He said that the application of SOPs and other health guidelines on Eid is extremely important and called on all provinces to ensure their implementation.