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Punjab Impose Lockdown in Lahore, Rawalpindi, outdoor dining, markets to close at 6 pm Exclusive

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

In Punjab, (mnm.com.pk) the Cabinet Committee Said Due to Coronavirus all outdoor dining and public transport is banned in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, and several other cities.

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The decision was made following reports of a corona virus-positive rate of more than 8% in the following cities:

  • Lahore
  • Rawalpindi
  • Faisalabad
  • Bahawalpur
  • Okara
  • Gujranwala
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Sheikhupura
  • Multan
  • Mandi Bahauddin
  • Sargodha
  • Sialkot
  • Toba Tek Singh

Wedding ceremonies, both outdoor and indoor, and public gatherings are banned in these areas. Parks and recreational areas have also been closed.

Orange and Green Line metro buses and trains have been banned. Shopping malls and markets in these areas will be allowed to open until 6 p.m.

According to Punjab government spokesman Musarat Cheema, delivery and takeaways will be allowed only in restaurants. He told mnm.com.pk, "Lahore has the highest infection rate in Pakistan.

"The third wave of coronavirus is deadly. Its infection rate and mortality rate are much higher than the waves. He added that hospitals in the province were reaching their full potential.

The health department has proposed a complete lockdown in these areas for seven days. However, a decision has yet to be made.

The Chief Secretary Punjab has directed all the Commissioners especially in Lahore to ensure compliance with Corona Virus SOPs. He warned that if he did not comply with the orders, he would file an FIR against the official.

In a media briefing on Sunday, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister, said that anyone found wearing a mask in public would be fined and sent to jail for six months.

In the last 24 hours, more than 4,500 cases have been reported in Pakistan while 41 people have contracted the deadly virus. Experts have called the increase in the corona virus matrix dangerous.