Asad Umar warns of a second wave of Covid-19.
As the lockdown started to lift in various parts of the country, everything started to return to normalcy. Shops, malls, restaurants, and even educational institutions have reopened. The public has almost forgotten that COVID-19 exists, as there is no strict implementation of SOPs anywhere.
But unfortunately, there are recent reports of increasing infection rates in Pakistan
Pakistan Coronavirus Update: There were 15 deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest single day number since Sept 1, with 625 new cases and an active case rise of 52. There are 8,780 active cases. There were 31,697 tests, a test-positive rate of 1.97%. pic.twitter.com/Nuy2NiipmT
— Asad Hashim (@AsadHashim) October 2, 2020
Also, some doctors are sharing their personal accounts of seeing a rise in the number of cases
COVID wards have started to fill up again. Are we on the brink of the second wave?
covid 19 cases steadily rising in Karachi, it's a good idea to start getting worried…. right about now… #karachi
— Baakh (@bnusrat) September 30, 2020
At the moment, the Covid-19 ward at Mayo Hospital is one of the very few still operational in Lahore. Others have been closed for now due to reduction in cases.
— Benazir Shah (@Benazir_Shah) October 2, 2020
Mayo Hospital Lahore #COVID19 emergency isolation bay right now. Number of Oxygen dependent pts with high suspicion of the disease is increasing.
we are probably welcoming the second wave
Practice distancing and wear masks pls pic.twitter.com/tKQCLZxvjZ
— Rizwan Saigol (@RizwanSaigol) October 1, 2020
People have also started sharing how their relatives are getting sick due to the virus
All of the statistics are available on authentic government databases, which means it isn’t a hoax. The general public has started to raise alarms to get the situation under control before it totally goes out of our hands. Provided the current situation with restaurants, malls, markets, and schools open to full capacity without social distancing or proper SOPs, the situation is very likely to get messy.
Yes definitely we all Pakistanis brothers and sisters can force each other to wear mask. We are responsible for eachother
— take care… of…. (@m_ahmed333) October 2, 2020
Please wear masks 🙏 https://t.co/6g3r6YF7ye
— Turmoil in a karahi 🥘 (@halwaapoori) October 2, 2020
Asad Umar has also now warned everyone that marriage halls and indoor dine-ins are emerging as potential breeding places for COVID
Provided the fact that everybody is hanging out in restaurants and also, shaadi season is just around the corner, these places might contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Asad Umar tweeted that NCOC has directed all provinces and federating units to implement strict SOPs in these places.
Indoor Restaurants & marriage halls emerging as high contributors to covid spread. NCOC today has directed all provinces and federating units to crack down on sop violations in these places. We must not allow irresponsible behaviour of some to put the health of everyone at risk
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) October 2, 2020
Asad Umar might be very right because once shaadi season resumes, there would be practically no social distancing and hence the subsequent rise
The public is agreeing with this fact and want SOPs to be implemented everywhere
The season has not yet begun in marriage halls
This is the situation of SOPs What will happen in the season?
The condition of the restaurant is even worst
All this is not acceptable
These people do not understand He should close them for two and a half months@ImranKhanPTI #NCOC https://t.co/FyTHwk3bGT
— Amir Hamza (@amir_hamza777) October 2, 2020
All restaurants should be closed down as none of them are following SOP's. No one checks the temperature and no 6ft distance is kept between tables.
Further, the customers themselves aren't following SOP's, if stopped, they keep shouting on guards and staff. https://t.co/nomWmerzbN
— Talha (@TalGohar) October 2, 2020
Give them a break for some more time. Peole are better eating at homes & marriages could follow modest ways with less pompousness in times like that https://t.co/QBo3PoAFr1
— Sarfraz Ahmed Rana (@ranasarfraz3417) October 2, 2020
Although all of us have been pretty much pretending that we’ve left the COVID-19 part of our life far behind, our ignorance doesn’t align with the truth. If we are not careful now, we will, once again, experience a very horrible situation where due to rising cases.
Let’s practice social distancing again and make maximum use of masks and sanitizers. Stay safe everyone!
Additionally, what do you think of Asad Umar’s warning? Are you following the SOPs? Let us know in the comments.
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