Pakistan’s high Islamic medical physique has warned that mosques are becoming a major source of transmission for the novel coronavirus and urged folks to hope at residence throughout Ramzan, because the COVID-19 instances in the nation rose to 13,105 on Sunday.
“Mosques are becoming a major source of virus transmission,” Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) President Dr Iftikhar Burney mentioned on Saturday.
Talking to reporters, Burney mentioned that the contaminated instances have surged quickly through the previous week.
“Around 6,000 cases for coronavirus surfaced in a month.but the same has doubled in the last six days,” he mentioned, warning that the an infection would additional go up in the approaching months of May and June.
He mentioned the quantity of sufferers in the intensive care models (ICUs) of the general public hospitals is growing at a stunning price. “Most of the hospitals in the country are housing more coronavirus patients that those suffering from other diseases,” he told reporters.
His remarks comes days after Pakistan’s top doctors warned of “vital mayhem” and “deadly outcomes” if mosques continue to remain open and urged the government to review its decision to allow congregational prayers during the month of Ramzan amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The Pakistan government early this month succumbed to pressure from the hardline clerics and allowed conditional congregational prayers in mosques during Ramzan.
However, the 20-point agreement signed by the leading clerics with President Arif Alvi on restricting access to mosques during Ramzan was not being followed completely.
Alvi has written a letter to the Imams of mosques urging them to ask worshippers above the age of 50 to pray at home. He pointed out that the point number six of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set in the agreement said that persons over the age of 50 should avoid offering prayers at the mosque.
Alvi also visited mosques in Rawalpindi to review arrangements made by the administration of mosques to contain the spread of the virus, he wrote in a tweet.
He shared a picture of Jama Masjid Ghousia and said the administration had arranged for Taraweeh (special prayers offered at night during Ramzan), keeping in mind necessary preventative measures to curb the spread. However, the face masks were lacking.
Several countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt have stopped congregational prayers in mosques.
In several Arab countries, the ‘azaan’ (call for prayer) has been amended and now it urges people to pray in their homes.
Advisor on Health Dr Zafar Mirza also took to Twitter and again urged the “residents to reveal accountability & keep away from congregations throughout Ramzan to guard themselves from COVID-19.”
However, the government was still reluctant to close down the mosques due to fear of backlash by the hardline clerics.