LAHORE: Following the announcement of lifting lockdown by the federal government, the shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, gyms, theatres, cinema halls, beauty parlors across the country have been reopened today (Monday) with the implementation of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) issued in wake of coronavirus.
According to details, shopping malls and markets will remain open throughout the week while ban on pillion riding has also been lifted. All sports and games except Kabaddi, wrestling and rugby have also been resumed but without spectators.
Public transportation across the country has been restored, but passengers are not allowed to stand in subway stations.
Beauty salons, exhibition centers, and shrines are also allowed to open, but government permission must be obtained before public activities must be conducted.
Coronavirus situation in Pakistan
On the other hand, Pakistan reported 15 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 284,660. The number of deaths nationwide has jumped to 6,097.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 539 people tested positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours.
In terms of cases, Sindh is still the province most affected by the pandemic, followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
Till now 123,849 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 94,477 in Punjab, 34,692 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15,261 in Islamabad, 11,906 in Balochistan, 2,141 in Azad Kashmir and 2,334 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore 2,272 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Sindh, 2,170 in Punjab, 1,231 in KP, 138 in Balochistan, 171 in Islamabad, 57 in GB and 58 in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 2,147,584 coronavirus tests and 20,495 in last 24 hours. 260,764 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 776 patients are in critical condition.
Asad Umar chaired the NCC meeting
Earlier, Federal Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar said in a briefing at the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) meeting that the COVID-19 pandemic has been controlled to a large extent due to the effective strategy and unremitting efforts of government agencies. The cooperation of doctors and medical staff and the people.
He said that after the final review by the Ministry of Education on September 7, NCC has decided that all educational institutions will be opened on September 15. He said that the people of Pakistan are the real heroes in defeating the pandemic because they strictly abide by the SOP to check the spread of the pandemic.
The minister said that Pakistan’s smart blockade strategy has been appreciated by other countries, and they have also learned from Pakistan’s experience.