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Punjab opens parks as Mangla bridge reopened for tourists

Pakistan registered record cases yet Punjab has opened parks. Is opening the tourism industry worth it?

Mangla bridge reopened for tourists Friday after three months of closure in the aftermath of coronavirus epidemic outbreak.

According to media reports the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has issued notification in this regard.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had urged the reopening of the tourism industry across the country.

A notification was issued after which private and public vehicles are allowed to pass through the bridge amid SOPs. Travelers will have to provide their details at entry and exit points.

Read more: How to revive COVID-19 hit domestic tourism of Pakistan?

Tourists arriving in Kashmir will have to get themselves screened at the bridge and must wear masks. For private cars, no more than three people will be allowed to travel at a time.

The rules of social distancing are also to be strictly implemented. People failing to comply with the SOPs will punished.

Parks across Punjab reopened amid coronavirus outbreak

Punjab government has reopened parks in different cities of the province including Lahore amid coronavirus outbreak.

Locals, in large number, are visiting the parks by completely following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) prepared by the provincial government to avoid spread of COVID-19.

The parks will remain open from 6:00am to 9:00pm every day.

Read more: Punjab to honor COVID-19 heroes with “Wall of Heroes” in Governor’s House

The decision came after Pakistan confirmed 68 more deaths from novel coronavirus in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 1,838 and positive cases surged to 89,249, Dunya News reported on Friday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 4,896 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Till now 33,536 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 33,144 in Punjab, 11,890 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5,582 in Balochistan, 3,946 in Islamabad, 852 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 299 in Azad Kashmir.

Furthermore, 629 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 575 in Sindh, 521 in KP, 53 in Balochistan, 41 in Islamabad and 12 in GB.

Patients are under treatment at quarantine centers of 462 hospitals where 7,295 beds are available.

Pakistan has so far conducted 638,323 coronavirus tests and 22,812 in last 24 hours. 31,198 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.

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