Face Masks mandatory in Pakistan at public places like malls, transport, markets

Wearing masks in public places has been declared mandatory now as the coronavirus cases increase everyday said Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Saturday.
“So far we have conducted 532,000 tests,” said the SAPM, continuing that in the past day 12,020 tests were done, out of which 2,429 came positive.

Dr Mirza said: “As 92 per cent cases have been reported through local transmission, we have declared the use of masks mandatory in markets, shopping malls, public transport, commercial flights, trains and crowded places.”

He appealed the masses to strictly follow precautionary protocols and other measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. “Health workers are the frontline force in fight against COVID-19 and the government has taken a number of measures to protect health workers under ‘we care’ programme,” he added.

Regarding some messages circulating on social media based on disinformation, he urged opinion makers to guide people how to prevent the contagion instead of forwarding and promoting fake news on digital platforms.

Also speaking at the media briefing, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf, said: “We have brought back 33,000 stranded Pakistanis from over 55 countries after the outbreak of the coronavirus.” Dr Mirza said that 78 people, including four health workers, died of the virus in the last 24 hours, which is the largest number in a single day in the country.