Punjab announces complete lockdown from May 8
Cities to be sealed with Army pickets
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The Punjab government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the province from May 8 shutting down the entire public transport, tourist spots and cities will be sealed with pickets to be set up on entry and exit points, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The decision has been taken at a meeting chaired by Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid at Lahore Civil Secretariat on Wednesday to review the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the province. Senior civil and military officials and Punjab Chief Secretary attended the meeting.
Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that next 15 to 20 days are crucial for controlling the corona pandemic and citizens should support government efforts to control the coronavirus spread.
She appealed to the Punjab residents to celebrate Eid with simplicity and be a responsible citizen by following the Covid-19 precautions.
Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik said, “The purpose of giving more holidays on the occasion of Eid is to limit the movement of the people.”
Punjab's top bureaucrat urged citizens to avoid unnecessary travel during the Eid holidays. “As per NCOC guidelines, parks and tourist spots would be completely closed during the Eidul Fitr holidays,” the Punjab Chief Secretary said.
In the last 24 hours (Tuesday), 2,087 new cases were reported in Punjab and 58 people lost their battle against the deadly coronavirus in the province, as per the data released by National Command and Control Center (NCOC).
Earlier, most of the Punjab Cabinet members in the 43rd meeting at chief minister’s secretariat had proposed that the provincial government must go ahead to impose lockdown in the cities facing high coronavirus rate.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told media persons after the meeting, “Our country’s economy cannot sustain such a large economic burden immediately.”
Reporter Qaisar Khokhar