The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Thursday announced Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in Pakistan from May 10-15.
A statement from the NCOC said: “Announcement of Eid Holidays from 10-15 May 2021 — clearly stating the intention of reducing national mobility.”
NCOC, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, also announced comprehensive guidelines by the name of “STAY HOME-STAY SAFE — Eid-ul-Fitr-2021 from 8-16 May 2021”.
The NCOC has also imposed a ban on chand raat bazaars, including mehendi, jewelry, and clothing stalls — from 8-16 May.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had previously announced that it would not issue any new Edi ul Fitr banknotes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As last year, we will not be issuing new banknotes for Eid ul Fitr due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic,” the SBP said in a statement.
Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate rose to 9.6% today after the country reported over 5,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.
According to official NCOC data, 5,480 people tested positive for the coronavirus after 57,013 tests were conducted nationwide.
The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 815,711, with most of the cases reported in Punjab.
The number of nationwide recoveries has so far reached 708,193, while the number of active cases in the country stands at 89,838 today.
A day earlier, Pakistan reported the highest death toll in a day since the pandemic began last year, with over 200 new deaths.