Coronavirus outbreak: Govt shuts different recreational spots in Islamabad till Eid-ul-Azha

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ISLAMABAD (City News) – In the wake of preventing spread of coronavirus, the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday has shut different recreational spots in Federal Capital Islamabad till Eid-ul-Azha.

According to Islamabad deputy commissioner, Murree Expressway, Margala Hills and different parks will remain closed during Eid holidays. He further requested the people to stay at home and avoid making any outing plan.

It is to be mentioned here that the government had announced three holidays from July 30 to August 2 for Eid-ul-Azha that will be celebrated on August 1.

On the other hand, Pakistan has confirmed 20 deaths in a single day by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has risen to 274,289. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 5,842.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 1,176 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Till now 118,311 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 92,073 in Punjab, 33,397 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14,884 in Islamabad, 11,601 in Balochistan, 2,034 in Azad Kashmir and 1,989 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Pakistan has so far conducted 1,890,236 coronavirus tests and 22,056 in last 24 hours. 241,026 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,229 patients are in critical condition.

Earlier, Punjab government had decided to close markets and shopping malls two to three days before Eid-ul-Azha to avoid spread of coronavirus in the province.

Punjab chief secretary said that smart lockdown before Eid is required for reduction in COVID-19 cases. The notification in this regard will soon be issued, he added.

Sources told that cattle markets, utility stores, milk shops, tandoors and medical stores will remain open during the lockdown.

Decision to strictly implement standard operation procedures (SOPs) in cattle markets has also been taken.

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