Coronavirus: Punjab government to impose strict lockdown, markets to be closed till August 5

Punjab government, on Monday, announced its decision to impose strict coronavirus lockdown and close all markets from midnight 12 am (today) till August 5.

According to details, provincial cabinet committee on coronavirus, headed by Law Minister Raja Basharat, has decided to impose strict coronavirus lockdown across the province on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

As per the lockdown directives, markets all across the province, will be closed from 12 am midnight (today) and will remain closed throughout Eid-ul-Aza till August 5.

Provincial Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan has stated that the decision to impose strict lockdown has been taken to ensure the prevent of coronavirus spread on Eid, as earlier on Eid-ul-Fitr the province reported a surge in COVID-19 cases due to negligence of social distancing measures.

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The decision to reopen theatres, restaurants and other recreational areas will be finalized after Muharram, he added.

It is to be noted that Punjab has reported second highest COVID-19 tally in the country with 92,073 cases, with 2,116 casualties so far, whereas 81,260 patients are reported to have been recovered from the novel virus.