LAHORE: The Punjab government has imposed lockdown in 15 selected districts due to spread of coronavirus pandemic in the province.
According to a notification issued by Primary and Secondary Health Care Department Punjab in Lahore, lockdown will remain in effect in 15 high-risk districts from Saturday (today) until September 12, because of spread of coronavirus.
Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Care Department Imran Sikandar Baloch said 15 high risk districts included Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Khanewal, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Sheikhupura, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Rahim Yar Khan, Gujrat, Sialkot and Bhakkar.
He said market and business activities would continue until 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday will be observed as safe days.
The secretary said a complete ban would continue on indoor dining however, outdoor dining would be allowed till 10pm under strict COVID protocols.
Imran Sikandar Baloch said cinemas and all shrines in selected 15 districts would remain completely closed. He said all government and private offices and institutions would continue to operate with 50 percent attendance as per normal working hours.
Baloch said transport between the selected districts will be completely closed.
Meanwhile, schools in eight districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would remain close from September 6 to 11, as per the guidelines of the National Command and Operation Center.
“With the persisting situation of covid-19 across the country, NCOC decided to close schools in areas where covid is on a consistent rise. The 8 districts of KP: Peshawar, swabi, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Malakand, Swat, Haripur, D.I.Khan schools will remain close from 6 Sep to 11 Sep 2021,” Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shahram Khan Tarakai had on Friday.
However, he had said that the districts where coronavirus cases were lower would continue educational activities.
Seventy-nine more deaths due to coronavirus infection and 3,980 positive cases were reported in Pakistan during the last 24 hours.