Concerns that Eid would lead to Covid spike in Pakistan
BBC, 11 May 2021
As its neighbouring country India succumbs to a devastating Covid crisis, fears rise in Pakistan in the run up to Eid.
It was shortly after Eid last year that Pakistan's hospitals first struggled to cope with the influx of Covid patients.
The period leading up to the festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan is usually the busiest of the year for retailers. But a partial lockdown began at the weekend and will last until next week. All non-essential businesses have been closed, while domestic tourism has been banned.
Officials hope that reducing transmission rates now will not only save lives but also prevent further, more stringent lockdowns.
The greater challenge will be posed by families holding their own private gatherings as they traditionally would to celebrate Eid.