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Punjab To Shut Down As Covid-19 Cases Surge

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Punjab To Shut Down As Covid-19 Cases Surge

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Lahore: In light of the recent surge of Covid-19 cases, the provincial government of Punjab has decided to delve into a semi-lockdown, placing an immediate and complete restriction on weddings, parks and restaurants and reducing daily working hours, effective immediately. The bans were placed in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus.

‘All public parks and dine-in resteraunts will be closed down and one of the largest cities of the country will come to a standstill as dusk settles in.’

The Current Predicament: The Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar presided over an emergency meeting to review the worsening situation in the city of Lahore, which is speedily morphing into the epicenter for the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The mandate of the meeting was to decide whether or not to impose a blanket lockdown to cub the spread of the virus.

The Decision: Reports emerging from the meeting have claimed that the government has decided to impose an indefinite and complete ban on both, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies from the 1st of April. It further decided to significantly reduce daily working hours, and close down all marketplaces and shopping malls post-6pm. The Orange Line Metro Train and Metro Bus services will also be closed at 6pm. All public parks and dine-in resteraunts will be closed down and one of the largest cities of the country will come to a standstill as dusk settles in.

The Big Picture: On Sunday, the National Command Operation Centre imposed a ban on all kinds of public gatherings with immediate effect and hope to restrict all wedding ceremonies by the 15th of April 2021. The aforementioned decisions will be enforced in cities with an 8% positivity rate or more.

This is a developing story.

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