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NCOC announces new restrictions amid steep rise in Covid-19 cases

Federal planning minister Asad Umar on Monday announced revised restrictions for a number of cities as the fourth wave of the coronavirus continueous its momemtem in the country.

The federal minister said that the government has imposed new restrictions in view of the corona virus, which will be applicable from August 3 to August 31.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), he said the government took “targeted and staggered” decisions to curb the virus’s spread after much thought and deliberation in order to minimise the impact on the poor sections.

He added that people’s livelihoods needed to be taken care of as well as their health.

He said that the number of patients in hospitals due to corona virus is continuously increasing and appealed to the people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

He said that business would be closed for two days in a week during this period and the provinces would decide on which day to take leave.

Asad Umar added that he has decided to increase the attendance in offices to 50 per cent while the capacity of public transport will be 50 per cent.

He said that it has been decided to make business hours till 8 pm, after which the markets will be open till 8 pm.

The Federal Minister also said that indoor dining will be closed and outdoor dining will remain open, which will remain open till 10 pm while takeaways will remain open 24 hours a day.

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