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Tariq Butt, Correspondent
In view of an alarming increase in COVID-19 infections, the Punjab government on Monday shut down the mass transit system including metro bus, Orange Line rail and speedo service in Lahore till April 11.
The stringent measures will become effective from April 1. All wedding halls and marquees were closed. Indoor or outdoor dining in the marriage halls and restaurants was banned. However, the facility of takeaway would be continued.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar told reporters after a meeting of the provincial corona committee that "effective lockdown” would be imposed in cities and areas where the positivity rate was more than 12 per cent. He clarified that the effective lockdown did not mean total lockdown.
He said that the corona committee would review the situation after seven days to take decisions necessitated by the emerging scenario.
The chief minister said the private transport would continue to ply. He said the government can’t close down the transport and construction industries.
All the sports and cultural activities were suspended. The parks were closed. The shops and commercial activities would be finished by 6pm. They will have Saturdays and Sundays closed.
Buzdar said that the government has set up 125 corona virus vaccination centres all over Punjab. He said hundreds of thousands of senior citizens and healthcare workers have so far been inoculated. At least twenty-two labs were conducting COVID-19 tests.
He requested the citizens to wear masks and exercise social distancing.
The chief minister said that the government was taking every possible measure to control the coronavirus spread.
The prime minister said he was not imposing a lockdown for now but that he would close down cities if Pakistan started facing a situation line in neighbouring India,
Army soldiers who manned roadside checkpoints along with police since late March when the lockdown was enforced, were seen leaving for their barracks in the capital, Islamabad and elsewhere in the country on Saturday.
On April 19, PIA flight PK-8220 will depart for Dubai from Islamabad, while PIA’s return flight PK-8221 will arrive at Multan airport from Dubai on the same day. The PIA flight PK-8223 will go from Islamabad to Dubai and will depart from Dubai to Faisalabad on April 19.
Millions of rupees have been spent by the government on transportation, lodging and provision of food to Pakistanis who came back since the outbreak of the coronavirus and are being kept at quarantine centres in the federal capital.
The Ministry of Railways published a video clip captured by the surveillance cameras installed on platforms, showing the woman trying to get on and catch the train with her son.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Wednesday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
Rayan donated one of his kidneys to his father in a surgery performed in King Faisal Specialist Hospital, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, after which the father returned to his hometown Najran, in good health, according to Saudi local media.
The incident was first reported by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving wildlife and natural areas in the region, said that these animals "travel from deeper coastal waters to shallower sea areas each summer, following their life cycle.