The federal government announced new restrictions for major cities having high positivity rate of coronavirus cases to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar while addressing a press conference announced that markets will stay open until 8pm with all commercial activities to remain closed 2 days a week.
Dr. Faisal Sultan said the existing restrictions in Karachi and Hyderabad will stay in place, Besides, he announced that indoor dining has been banned as only outdoor dining will be allowed.
The Federal Minister said that public transport will continue to operate at 50% capacity across the country and 50% attendance will be allowed at workplaces.
Asad Umar said that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) makes decisions with consultation, “Our focus is not only on the health of people but livelihoods as well, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said from day one that we cannot close everything,” he added
He further added that the PTI government’s policy of smart lockdowns remained successful as people didn’t have to face more hardships. “Lockdown takes heavy toll on livelihoods,”
The head of NCOC said that the government has decided to further ramp up vaccination against coronavirus, which is the only way to control the COVID-19 pandemic, added that restrictions will reduce if the number of people getting vaccinated against the deadly virus will increase.
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