Staff Reporter Lahore
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday described the current wave of the Covid -19 pandemic as “more dangerous” than previous and urged the masses to follow the SOPs strictly.
The Punjab chief minister’s statement came after a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases during the last two weeks.
According to government data, 1,191 cases of coronavirus were reported in Punjab in the last 24 hours, out of 2,253 cases in total reported from all over Pakistan.
The provincial government has also re-imposed restrictions in order to contain the virus and enforced smart lockdowns in various cities, while educational institutes in seven cities have been shut for two weeks from today.
CM Buzdar said there would no compromise on the safety of people and that it is a top priority for the government to ensure that the lives of the people are secured.
The chief minister directed the police and local administration to ensure the closure of markets and bazaars according to the new timings announced by the government.
He said that the authorities are aware of the problems faced by traders, but asked them to prioritise people’s lives as these measures were necessary.