The capital’s administration has made it mandatory for residents to wear face masks at all times in public spaces due to rising number of coronavirus cases.
What happened: The decision was taken after coronavirus cases in the city rose dramatically. Islamabad has reported 47,365 so far.
Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqat has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the capital for two months. People violating the orders will be punished under Section 188 of the law.
“It becomes essential that the general public must wear face masks while visiting public places in closed areas in Islamabad Capital Territory,” a notification issued by the government read.
Shafqat warned that the administration will not compromise in this regard and will make sure violators are punished.
While talking to media on March 12, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan warned of a third wave of the deadly virus in the country. In the last 24 hours, Pakistan reported over 2,300 cases while 46 people lost their lives to the virus.