Punjab mulls extending lockdown for another week

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Staff Reporter

The Punjab government has been considering a weeklong extension in Covid lockdown in the province, imposed initially till May 16, to restrict movement on Eid.

According to sources having knowledge of the provincial decision-making, the provincial government has mulled regarding extending the lockdown from May 16 to May 24.

“A consensus has been made among the provincial authorities that extending the lockdown would further improve the situation in the province that has suffered most from the pandemic,” they said.

The sources, however, said that a final decision on extending lockdown would be made during a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

It is pertinent to mention here that restrictions on movements imposed on Eid have apparently yielded positive results as in a sharp decline, Pakistan on Saturday reported less than 2,000 Covid-19 cases and 83 deaths during the past 24 hours.

“A consensus has been made among the provincial authorities that extending the lockdown would further improve the situation in the province that has suffered most from the pandemic,” they said.