ISLAMABAD: Federal government yesterday extended the countrywide lockdown for the next two weeks citing fears of spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) with Prime Minster Imran Khan in chair.
The meeting reviewed coronavirus situation in the country. Chief Ministers of all four provinces attended the meeting through video link.
The meeting was given briefing on the figures of the National Command and Control Center (NCOC).
Later, addressing a press conference in Islamabad yesterday, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said the the provincial governments will decide on their own regarding extension in lockdown. He added there will be no load-shedding during Sehar and Iftar timings.
He said the government is working on increasing number of testing laboratories and isolation wards to effectively contain the Coronavirus.
Asad Umar said the meeting also decided that no load-shedding will be observed during Sehar and Aftar in holy month of Ramazan.
Terming the Ehsaas Cash Emergency Programme as historic, the Planning Minister said the government has so far distributed 69 billion rupees to fifty-seven hundred thousand families across the country. He urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures and maintain proper social distancing during Ramazan.
Asad Umar said Pakistan Army is supporting the civil administration in its endeavors to combat the Coronavirus.