Asad Umar reveals decisions taken regarding easing lockdown restrictions

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has revealed six major decisions that have been taken by the government regarding lifting of lockdown restrictions from 9 May 2020.

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Asad Umar reveals six major steps regarding lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) meeting chaired by Asad Umar already proposed easing the lockdown from 9 May 2020 and after today’s meeting of the NCC chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, some of the recommendations by the NCOC were taken into consideration.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has backed the proposal of easing the lockdown restrictions keeping in view the hardship being faced by people especially the daily wage earners in the country.

Read more: Pakistan to lift COVID-19 Lockdown partially from Saturday.

However, he did warn if the standard operating procedures were not followed, there will be a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Six major decisions have been revealed for easing lockdown restrictions after 9 May which include:

  • The opening the more sectors in the construction industry.
  • To treat other specific diseases and illnesses, selected Out Patient Departments (ODPs) will be opened.
  • Markets will be allowed to open after Sehri till 5pm.
  • Markets will open Monday to Friday and take two days off.
  • Smaller martkets will be allowed to open.
  • Schools to remain closed until 15 July 2020.

The Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood has revealed that schools will remain shut until 15 July 2020 and students will be promoted to next class based on previous year’s result.

The decision was taken after Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh all urged to keep schools closed for longer until the situation gets under control.

Read more: No decision taken to open schools or conduct board exams in Punjab.

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