Imran Khan avoids a handshake with Maulana Tariq Jamil at PM House Islamabad on Monday.
The video and photos of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and country’s notable religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil avoiding a handshake and greetings, has gone viral on social media on Monday.
Leading by example, Imran avoided shaking hands with Tariq Jamil, when the latter entered the meeting room at PM House as a precautionary measure advised by health experts during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Tariq Jamil called on Imran Khan to discuss measures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Imran requested the renowned cleric to play his role by giving a call for a temporary ban on religious gatherings in the wake of the coronavirus’ outbreak and also to hold special prayers for the country.
Imran Khan avoids a handshake with Maulana Tariq Jamil at PM House.
“Imran Khan and Maulana Tariq Jamil led by example by taking strict precautionary measures in times of Coronavirus Pandemic. We all need to play our role and avoid handshakes and other physical contact to ensure public health and safety,” tweeted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office.
The social media was flooded with appreciation for the two leaders for taking precautions.
“So happy to see that PM is practising #SocialDistancing in his office. Others should follow the same,” ZarinaPTI tweeted.
Another social media user AbdullahSpeaks tweeted, “The best public gesture need to be followed by everyone in Pakistan. Social distance with all due manners. More respect for the PM.”
Earlier, Imran said that the coronavirus can be controlled if people start precautions "voluntarily," without panicking.
He has also emphasised the importance of raising awareness among the masses so they can take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from the virus. He further said that the government realises the severity of the situation and will take every measure to tackle the growth of the virus.
"I am appealing to the people to stay at home. We have to keep ourselves and our children safe," Murad Ali Shah was quoted as saying while presiding over the coronavirus task force meeting on Friday.
"We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Wednesday.
The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nationals wishing to enter the UAE should undergo COVID-19 medical test and place themselves under house quarantine for 14 days, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Friday.
Wuhan was where the outbreak first took hold and thousands once lay sick or dying in hurriedly constructed hospitals. But Chinese authorities said on Thursday that all 34 new cases recorded over the previous day had been imported from abroad.
According to the Our World in Data COVID-19, it said the share of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is well over 89% as of Nov.15, while the total vaccination rate of the population is over 98.10% as of Nov. 24.
The driver who caused the incident sustained moderate injuries after hitting a policeman.
This includes suspending the entry of travellers who were in these countries 14 days before coming to the UAE. Flight operations will continue to transport passengers from the UAE to these seven countries.