Balochistan & Sindh decides on lockdown

Balochistan government has decided to extend the smart lockdown while Sindh government has allowed businesses to operate. Pakistan witnessed a 289% increase in number of COVID-19 cases in May.

Balochistan extends lockdown

The Balochistan government has extended smart lockdown due to coronavirus for fifteen days and issued directives to run businesses with precautionary measures.

A notification in this regard has been issued by the Balochistan Home Department in which it has been stated that business centers and shops will remain open six days a week from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM while complete lockdown will be observed on Fridays.

According to the notification, milk and yogurt shops, tandoors and medical stores will remain open 24/7 whereas restaurants can provide takeaway service for 24 hours. All educational institutions will be kept closed till July 15.

Inter-city and inter-district public transport will remain suspended. Furthermore, ban on all religious, social and other ceremonies remains in place along with cinemas, picnic points, marriage halls, gyms and clubs.

Sindh government on lockdown

The Sindh Home department has said in its notification that businesses will remain open from Monday to Friday – 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM – in the province.

According to the notification, educational and training institutions, marriage and expo halls, sports clubs, gyms, beauty parlors, shrines, cinemas and theaters will remain closed.

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Takeaway and home delivery services have been allowed at restaurants. The decision to resume public transport will be taken after today’s meeting between transport minister and transporters.

The notification by the Sindh Home Department remains effective till June 30, 2020.

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan

It is to be mentioned here that Pakistan confirmed 78 more deaths from novel coronavirus in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 1,621 and positive cases surged to 76,398.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,938 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk

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