ISLAMABAD, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Arif Alvi on Wednesday urged the nation to follow guidelines identified by the government to prevent and control COVID-19 during the celebrations of the Eid al-Adha festival.
People should maintain social distance, wear masks and wash hands to stop the spread of the disease during the festival being celebrated across the country from Wednesday to Friday, a statement issued by the President House said.
The country is facing challenges in its fight against COVID-19 as the positivity rate in some areas of the southern Sindh province has passed 20 percent recently and the country is witnessing increasing daily new cases, according to officials and the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).
Amid rising cases of the Delta variant of the virus, the country confirmed 2,579 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total tally to 996,451, the NCOC, the department leading Pakistan's campaign against the pandemic, said on Wednesday.
The NCOC said that Sindh has been the worst hit, with a total of 359,824 cases, followed by eastern Punjab province where the disease was detected in 351,345 people.
A total of 22,888 people died of the disease nationwide, including 40 patients who died over the last 24 hours, the NCOC said, adding that 2,590 are in critical condition.
The country currently has 51,529 active cases while 922,034 others have recovered.
Some 19,207,382 people have been partially vaccinated and 6,869,346 others fully vaccinated in the country, according to the latest official data. Enditem