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Federal govt extends Lockdown in Pakistan till May 9

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The federal government has extended a partial lockdown in Pakistan due to the coronavirus until May 9. The extension of the lockdown was decided in the meeting of the National Coordination Committee.

A meeting of the Coordination Committee headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan was held through a video link in which the Chief Ministers of the four provinces and other officials participated.

Talking to media after the meeting, Federal Minister for Planning and development Asad Umar said that corona testing capacity is being enhanced across the country. There will be no load shedding during Sahar and Iftar in Ramadan. Rs 69 billion have been distributed in 5.7 million families.

“The month of Ramadan will be crucial for the coronavirus. If the instructions are followed, the routine of life can start soon. If we are careless, we may have to impose more restrictions on Eid,” he said.

Asad Umar said that the provincial governments would take decisions regarding lockdown according to the situation in their provinces. If the virus is brought under control in May, the situation would be different on Eid.

Earlier, the federation had extended the lockdown in Pakistan till April 30, suspending international and domestic flights and train services, while allowing construction and a few other sectors to start work with the implementation of the given SOPs.

After the federal announcement, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had also announced lockdown till April 30, but Punjab had announced locked down till April 25.

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