KARACHI / PESHAWAR / LAHORE / QUETTA / ISLAMABAD: In wake of a surge in novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases throughout the nation, provincial governments set out for a lockdown on Thursday to include the outbreak.
The lethal pneumonia-like virus, which surfaced in China’s Hubei province late December 2019, has contaminated over 200,00zero individuals globally with over 9,00zero deaths. Though scientists across the globe are creating vaccine and medicine, the one defence towards the virus at present is preventive measures– self-isolation or quarantine.
Pakistan’s tally of the COVID-19 sufferers crossed 300 late Wednesday with Punjab confirming a complete of 33 circumstances. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed two COVID-19 deaths inside hours of one another.
The National Disaster Management Authority has notified mitigation measure within the federal territory and Azad Jammu and Kashmir by ordering conversion of accommodations into quarantine centres underneath a “one individual one room coverage”.
Because the emergence of the primary coronavirus affected person in late February, the Sindh authorities put in place preventive measures. Starting with revising the educational yr by preponing summer time holidays, it then banned public gathering and got down to shut down eating places, gyms, social golf equipment and so on. The federal government additionally closed down all wedding ceremony lawns and halls throughout the province.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) authorities formally notified the closure of a number of departments as a part of sweeping measures to stop the outbreak. “In pursuance of the Sindh Epidemic Ailments Act 2014, the federal government of Sindh has determined to shut the next departments places of work, autonomous and semi-autonomous our bodies, company of those departments underneath the executive management of the federal government of Sindh by means of the province with impact from March 19 to April 3,” reads the notification issued by the provincial chief secretary.
As many as 25 departments are listed within the notification.
In the meantime, in Punjab, the Usman Buzdar-led authorities selected to go digital by directing skeleton employees in places of work and implementing a work-from-home coverage for remaining. The federal government officers will use a Skype enterprise account arrange by the Punjab Info Know-how Board (PITB).
“Solely crucial contributors ought to be invited for conferences,” it added.
The federal government has additionally banned the entry of common public and put up numbers of related officers for the residents to contact. Entry of vacationers and guests into leisure spots together with tourism in Murree and different locations has been suspended whereas purchasing malls shall be closed at 10:00pm. Solely common shops, pharmacies and factories will stay open.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities imposed an emergency within the K-P Income Authority (Ok-PRA) to make procuring crucial objects required for public well being simpler. Face masks and different protecting gears are being supplied to docs for his or her security.
A notification by the k-P Aid, Rehabilitation and Settlement Division mentioned that entry of common public to all secretariats, directorates, district places of work (besides these of the district administration) has been stopped whereas the timing for presidency places of work has been restricted from 10am to 4pm from Mondays to Thursday, and 12pm on Fridays.
All official conferences, which have greater than 5 members, will solely be held by means of video conferencing.
Personal ceremonies in homes and closed compounds have additionally been banned. Barbers and sweetness parlours have additionally been ordered to shut for 15 days. All eating places and eateries within the province have been advised to stay closed till April 5, although these institutions can function for dwelling deliveries and take-away. Banks have been directed to put in hand sanitisers at ATMs.
In Balochistan, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan appealed to the residents to assist authorities implement preventive measures by avoiding crowds in markets, public spots and transportations.