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Punjab extends lockdown amid rising Covid cases

In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus cases, the Punjab government has decided to extend the lockdown in various districts till 31st August, as per a notification from the province’s primary and secondary health department.

A complete ban on indoor weddings has been placed till the end of the months, while outdoor weddings with a maximum of 300 guests have been allowed under strict SOPs and protocols. Whereas, for gatherings, no indoor gathering or event/ceremony will be allowed during the lockdown period. Outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 300 people can be allowed with strict SOPs.

The new restrictions will come in force with immediate effect, according to the notification.

The Healthcare Department Secretary Sarah Aslam said that the ongoing lockdown has been extended in various areas of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, and Faisalabad. The district administration and police have been ordered to ensure the implementation of covid SOPs.

The infection rate in provincial capitals reaches an alarming level.

Provincial capitals Karachi and Lahore continue to report a rise in coronavirus cases as the country battles the fourth wave of the novel coronavirus.

Karachi reported a 21.40% coronavirus positivity ratio, despite the rising number of cases, the Sindh government has eased the 9-day lockdown. Shops, markets, businesses that were closed down for 9 days re-opened on Monday. Thousands marched to the hotels early morning to enjoy breakfast as outdoor dining has been allowed.

Lahore has reported the highest positivity ratio since the start of the fourth wave, the old city area reported the ratio of 9.2% on Monday.

Rawalpindi and Islamabad reported 16% and 5% coronavirus positivity ratios. Overall, Pakistan reported a slight decline in the cases as the ratio fell to 7.54% on Monday.


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