Coronavirus: Partial lockdown continues across Pakistan 1

Coronavirus: Partial lockdown continues across Pakistan


Lahore: Pakistan continued to observe a partial blockade on Thursday to combat a coronavirus pandemic as unnecessary external movements have ceased nationwide.

Pakistani Army, Rangers, Police and other security officials have been deployed throughout Pakistan and are in the process of prosecuting those who violate the embargo.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah stressed that as the province observes that the blockade day has reached its fourth day, a joint effort can be made to defeat the global epidemic.

Since the store only allowed to remain open from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM, restrictions on Sindh were tightened further on Wednesday. With the closure of Karachi’s shopping plazas and large markets, medical shops were exempted from new restrictions.

Shopping centres, entertainment venues, private and government offices in Punjab remain closed. With the deployment of a large number of police and Pakistani troops, only grocery stores, vegetable markets and dairy shops are open in the province.

A partial blockade of the federal capital was observed, and all markets, restaurants and transportation were closed. It was also decided to keep subway bus services running from 08:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM.

It should be mentioned here that Punjab began to implement the lock-up at 09:00 AM on Tuesday.

Mobility between and within cities has been stopped, while social, religious and other gatherings have been banned. All markets are closed with public transport and subway services.

Horse riding is prohibited. The lockup will continue until 09:00 on April 7.

According to a notice from the Punjab Ministry of the Interior, security agencies, health department employees and journalists have been granted immunity from the blockade.

Allow call centers to work with 50 percent of workers without any public transactions. Only government employees with valid permits are allowed to go out.

One family can go to the market to buy necessities, and two people can buy medicines and groceries. In an emergency, two people are allowed to accompany the patient, while two people, including the driver, are allowed to move out with the disabled.

Allow people to perform religious rituals, such as funeral prayers and funerals for the dead. Welfare organizations such as Edhi, Saylani, and organizations that provide free meals are still operating.

Banks are allowed to conduct business with limited staff, however, their time has been reduced from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM. If any bank employee’s coronavirus test results are positive, the branch will be closed, but ATMs and online services will not stop. Instruct all bank employees to carry their CNIC and work permit with them.

och Luchi province will remain under blockade until April 7th, when the provincial government bans unnecessary actions.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s markets and public transportation have also been closed as the government has instructed people to isolate themselves from their homes.

After the blockade, the Pakistani Army has been deployed throughout the country. The ministry said in a notice that the civil affairs department had asked the army for help.

Task Forces of the Pakistani Army are performing their duties in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kyrgyzstan-Barstan and Azad Kashmir.

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