Public transport comes to standstill in 24 districts


61 Covid-19 deaths reported

Staff Reporter

Public transport has come to a standstill in 24 districts of the country including Lahore and Peshawar as the authorities enforced new NCOC guidelines in order to stem the spread of coronavirus among them a ban on public transport on motorways.

The passengers faced utter disappointment as bus and lorry terminals were shut with authorities also banning public transport on motorways.

People travelling in their own vehicles have been asked to produce vaccination certificates when on the road. The inter-city transport in 15 districts of Punjab including Lahore came to a halt until September 12.

The new restrictions also came as a surprise for travellers as they faced hopelessness at bus terminals while the taxi drivers making hay when the sun shines started to demand exorbitant fares from the passengers.

Getting tough, the provincial government sealed leading bus terminals in Lahore including Road Master, Niazi Express, Abdullah Travellers and Faisal Movers Terminal for violating coronavirus SOPs.

The National Highways and Motorway Police has announced that after September 15, unvaccinated people will not be allowed to travel on the motorway.

Amid the ongoing fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the government and its departments have accelerated vaccination efforts across the country.

The NHMP announced that people should “get ready” and “get vaccinated” before September 15 and carry their vaccination certificates with them.

The Civil Aviation Authority had issued a new set of guidelines regarding coronavirusvaccination certificates for passengers travelling on domestic and international flights.

The CAA has made the coronavirus vaccination certificate mandatory for travelling on domestic and international flights from October 1.

The passengers will not be able to travel on any flight without showing the vaccination certificate. According to the new guidelines, passengers over 17 years of age will not be allowed to board any plane without showing the coronavirus vaccination certificate.

However, the passengers below 17 years of age and the patients will have exemption after showing the medical certificate. The CAA has ordered all airlines to observe the new SOPs.

It was also announced that those who have not taken both vaccine doses will not be allowed to attend marriage ceremonies, whether they are indoor or outdoor, after September 30. Meanwhile, Pakistan has reported 61 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 1,179,305.

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