PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s Adviser on Information and Public Relations Ajmal Khan Wazir Sunday said that the number of positive coronavirus cases in the province has reached to 31 and suspected cases are 170.

In new registered cases, five have been reported from Mardan, who are relatives of deceased Saadat Khan, while two positive cases are from Peshawar, who are quarantined at Police Services Hospital Peshawar.

One case was also reported positive in Dera Ismail Khan, who was an elder woman and who lost her life when she was coming back to DI Khan from Taftan. Thus total eight cases have added to the total registered number.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar. Ajmal Wazir said Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has taken drastic steps against coronavirus and approved the recruitment of 1,299 doctors across the province for treating coronavirus related cases . He said that lack of resources will not hamper service to the public.

“We are examining the situation on hourly basis and doing all the necessary work. He said that even in view of the current situation from an Islamic point of view, the faithfuls ought to worship at home, pray nawafil at home and pray for the security of the country and the nation that will not only help in controlling the outbreak of this pandemic , but it is also rewarding for the faithfuls who will save other faithfuls lives,” the adviser said.

Referring to the actions taken by the provincial government, the adviser said that the government has banned inter-districts public transport across the province for 7 days from 23rd March 9:00am, to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus. However, he said, private vehicles and goods/freight transportation will be exempted .

Ajmal Wazir said that the government has also issued orders to shut down shopping malls, markets and restaurants etc from March 22nd, 9 am to 24th of March. However, he said, petrol pumps, pharmacy, general stores, meat and chicken shops, fruit and vegetable shops, flour shops, auto workshops and goods markets are exempted from this order on ground of people’s facilitation and only home delivery is allowed from restaurants and cafeteria excluding other activities.

“I assure the people that it is your own elected government that is why PM Imran Khan has repeatedly opposed lockdown so that the public suffer the least. Even today, I can say with certainty that if the people follow government guidelines against coronavirus and adopt precautionary measurements, the restrictions, will gradually be lifted,” he said.