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Pakistan's Cases Rise Amid Large Gatherings

Pakistan's Cases Rise Amid Large Gatherings

Sunday, 22 November, 2020 - 10:30
Thousands attend Pakistani cleric's funeral despite COVID-19 curbs | Photo: REUTERS

Amid defiance of the directive to wear masks and avoid large public gatherings, Pakistan reported 59 more deaths and 2,665 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.


The country's tally reached 374,173 confirmed cases. Among those being treated for the virus, 1,653 are critical.


On Saturday, tens of thousands attended the funeral of a radical cleric in the eastern city of Lahore, and on Sunday, an alliance of opposition parties holds a rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar.


Both events ignore directives of the military-backed National Command and Operation Center, a body assigned the task of controlling the spread of the virus, for people to wear masks, maintain physical distance, and avoid large gatherings.


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