Departments told to remain alert, keep close coordination with Federal Govt

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SC orders strict implementation of instructions on Coronavirus

Staff Reporter

Lahore

Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan has ordered all the relevant departments and field officers that directions issued by the federal and Punjab government regarding prevention of coronavirus be implemented in letter and spir-
it.
He issued these orders while presiding over an emergent meeting at Camp Office late Friday.
The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (Home), administrative secretaries of different departments including primary and secondary healthcare, specialized health-care, schools education, higher education, industries, housing, and irrigation, commissioner Lahore and DC Lahore whereas all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners joined the meeting through video conferencing.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that protection of life and property of people is the prime responsibility of the government and no stone would be left unturned to fulfill this important responsibility.
He asked the officers to work diligently for prevention of coronavirus, considering it a ‘national duty’.
The Chief Secretary issued instructions to the provincial departments to remain alert and keep close coordination with the federal governme-
nt.
He directed all field officers to ensure compliance with the Punjab government’s directions about closure of all educational institutes and ban on all kind of gatherings for next three weeks throughout the province.
He also asked them to get implemented orders regarding closure of all marriage/banquet halls, marquees, cancelation of all kind of religious congregations, ceremonies and public gatherings, and ban on meeting with prisoners in jails for three weeks across the provi-
nce.
He directed that in the wake of impending coronavirus alert, all educational institutes including schools, colleges, medical colleges, technical and vocational institutions and universities (both public and private) be kept closed for three weeks and all examinations being conducted or to be conducted during the coming three weeks be cancelled.
He said that all tuition centres and seminaries (Deeni Madaris) would also be closed and only foreign students may be allowed to reside in hostels of madaris.
PSL matches will be played without crowds, he added.