called on the government and powerful clerics to reverse a decision to allow
prayers at mosques during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan out of concern that
large gatherings will lead to an explosion of corona virus cases.
Pakistani government over the weekend loosened restrictions on communal prayer
at mosques ahead of the beginning of Ramadan, which falls on April 24 in
Association wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan and clerics on April
22 that lockdowns are needed to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
They said the health-care system is already being overrun by cases.
contain rapid spread of COVID-19,” the letter said.
made a wrong decision; our clerics have shown a nonserious attitude,”
Qaiser Sajjad, secretary-general of the Pakistani Medical Association, told a
million people, and has recorded more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases and 212
deaths. The real numbers are likely much higher.
than 3,000 ventilators and health workers lack enough protective gear.