PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will strictly implement the decision of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) regarding coronavirus lockdown from May 08-16.

Full compliance to precautionary measures and lockdown will be implemented during the Eid holidays to ensure safety to the general public. Decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Corona Counter with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair. Provincial Ministers, Corps Commander Peshawar, Chief Secretary and other concerned officials besides the provincial police chief attended the meeting.

The meeting decided that all business and activities would remain closed except for a few specific exceptions granted by the NCOC. Public transport would be open on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate those going home on Eid. Tourist destinations across the province would remain completely closed during the lockdown.

During the lockdown, those who go to tourist places would be sent back and fined while cargo traffic and business shipments would remain open during the lockdown. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been issued for Friday farewell and Eid prayers gatherings.

The meeting decided to strictly implement SOPs and special arrangements have been made to ensure supply and availability of daily necessities during lockdown. The meeting was also briefed on the latest situation of coronavirus, capacity of hospitals, corona vaccination and other issues.

The meeting was told that, the pandemic situation in KP has improved significantly in the last two weeks as a result of smart lockdown and other government measures. The meeting was informed that more than 2.5 million people have been vaccinated against coronavirus so far and more than 25,000 people were being vaccinated on daily basis, while the target was to vaccinate 60,000 people daily by next month.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on the occasion expressed his fear of the large-scale outbreak of coronavirus on Eidul Fitr if precaution was not observed. He said slight negligence and omission on Eid can lead us to a big problem. He said there is a dire need for precautionary measures and implementation of SOPs during Eid. He said people should celebrate Eid with simplicity at home.

The chief minister also appealed to the political leaders and elected representatives to avoid meeting people and other gatherings in their areas on Eid.


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