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Reduction in COVID-19 cases, deaths witnessed: Asad Umer


PESHAWAR, Jul 27 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning,Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar Monday said that significant reduction in coronavirus cases and mortality rate has been witnessed in the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Addressing a press conference after presiding over the 4th Provincial Meeting the of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) here at Civil Secretariat, the Minister said the high level meeting has deliberated and reviewed the work made by KP Government against COVID-19.
Chief Minister KP, Mahmood Khan, Minister for Health and Finance, Taimour Salim Jhagra, Special Assistant to CM for Information and Local Government Kamran Bangash were also present on the occasion.
He said it was fourth meeting of NCOC in Peshawar after similar meetings were held in Lahore, Karachi and Quetta.
The Federal Minister said coronavirus has affected almost all districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa due to arrival of oversees Pakistanis belonged to this province besides migration of it’s people from others provinces of Pakistan.
He said that containment of coronavirus pandemic was a great challenge in the initial days in the country especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
However, due to timely action of KP Government led by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Health Minister Taimour Salim Jhagra and Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz have helped reduction in deaths and cases of coronavirus.
He said although spread of COVID-19 were contained in the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but still a lot of efforts were required for the complete eradication of virus from the province.
Asad Umar said Eid-ul-Azha was near and people should adopt all precautionary measures while visiting cattle markets to avoid contraction of the virus.
He said our religion has laid great emphasis on protection of lives and properties of humanity, therefore it was our collective duty being a Muslim to make our people safe from coronavirus.
The Federal Minister urged people to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity and use mask while visiting cattle markets.
Asad Umar said”Pakistan is a beautiful country and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir are famous for tourism worldwide”.
He said the limited health facilities in remote and far-flung scenic areas in these provinces could not afford load of influx of tourists in case of spread of COVID-19 and urged people to celebrate Eid at their native areas.
He said following the standard operating procedures during Eid holidays would help contain spread of COVID-19.
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