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Wearing face masks in public to be made mandatory: Dr Zafar

ISLAMABAD: Government wants to make some changes in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) after easing lockdown restrictions in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by novel coronavirus, says Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza.

In a televised press briefing alongside Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Friday, Dr Mirza said that those visiting public places frequently would be asked to use face masks.

“We have been recommending the usage of masks since the first day of lockdown,” he said. “The government has decided to make wearing face masks mandatory in public places.”

“A notification in this regard will be issued soon,” added the SAPM.

Earlier: Pakistan to start manufacturing anti-Covid-19 drug: SAPM Zafar Mirza

Earlier, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister had said that Pakistan will soon start manufacturing anti-viral drug remdesivir to fight novel coronavirus under the license from a United States pharmaceutical company.

Addressing a news briefing at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) here, the SAPM said that a national pharmaceutical company has reached an agreement with US-based Gilead for a voluntary license for the manufacture and sale of the anti-Covid-19 drug in Pakistan.

“The US-based company has allowed five countries to produce remdesivir to treat coronavirus patients. Pakistan is also among those to receive the license of the company,” he said, adding that the country will start production of the medicine as early as eight weeks after the necessary regulatory approvals are obtained.

The PM’s special aide further added that Pakistan will also be able to export the medicine to 127 countries.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.