Fawad Chaudhry urges political leaders to postpone rallies

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has urged all political leaders to postpone rallies due to the increasing cases of coronavirus.

Taking to Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry wrote that the National Command and Control Center (NCOC) has issued new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) amid fears of the second wave of the coronavirus.

Chaudhry added that that NCOC has also limited marriages and other celebrations. “I think political parties should show responsibility and postpone rallies for three months. The opposition should also postpone the anti-government movement until next year, respect life,” he tweeted.

NCOC on Friday formulated coronavirus guidelines for implementation at marriage halls, restricting the wedding functions to only two hours. As per the statement issued in this regard, the new guidelines were formed after in-depth deliberations and have been shared with the provinces for strict implementation to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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The authority claimed that marriage halls have the potential to increase the coronavirus positivity rate at a national level if standard operating procedures (SOPs) are not followed.  Under the new guidelines, apart from the limits imposed on the timings, the authority has restricted the number of individuals at indoor weddings to 300 and outdoor gatherings to 500.

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