ISLAMABAD – With only about a week left for the religious festival of Eid-ul-Azha, the majority of people have started to finalize their preparations by finishing their shopping and buying the sacrificial animal, due to the likelihood of markets closing in the midst of the fourth wave of COVID-19.
Buying sacrificial animals is also a difficult task this time around as the majority of people are cautious about their safety due to the health risks posed by the new wave of COVID-19.
Citizens are considering adopting the best possible way to buy and sacrifice animals either through stores available online or by visiting markets following all precautionary measures to avoid the risk of catching the virus. A number of women can be seen in the capital’s main markets and malls searching for dresses, shoes and other essentials to celebrate the upcoming festival in a dignified manner.
Aliya Khan, a mother of three, said: “I have finished shopping for my family fearing the increasing influx of people in the coming days and the risks of another wave of COVID-19 if there are interactions increased social. “
Speaking to APP, she said, “It is difficult to over-buy during the rising price situation prevailing in the country and we also have to buy a sacrificial animal, so we focus on purchasing the items. the most essential. ”
Shagufta Mehmood, a worker who lives in a common family system, said: “Seven of our family suffered symptoms of the coronavirus during the third wave of COVID-19, so we are more careful on this occasion. “
“We have finished shopping for Eid on different branded websites and have decided to perform the ritual of animal sacrifice online this time because we cannot compromise the health of the family,” he said. she declared.
Waseem Khan, a government employee, said COVID-19 has affected the businesses of many people and made me realize that my job with a fixed salary is a blessing for me through which I will be able to celebrate this Eid with the same spirit.
“I bought the sacrificial animal through a website and my kids are so excited to have a great time taking care of the animal, decorating it and feeding it,” he said.
“Citizens have been warned about the fourth wave of COVID-19, but local markets were not following any of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to stay safe from this virus,” said Kamran Ali, who lives near from the company Karachi.
“The majority of people visit the markets these days to shop for Eid and ignore SOPs altogether, which can pose serious risks to their health and to others,” he said.