On Friday, the bus service Airlift announced that it would suspend its operations in Pakistan until December 31 in light of the "growing number of COVID 19 cases".
In an email to customers, the airlift decision was first anchored in the company's commitment to health and its customers' safety.
"In Pakistan, COVID 19 continues to record an increasing number of cases, and the spread can be contained within areas such as buses and vans," the statement said. The company added that it would review its decision on January 1, 2021, given the current situation. "We're excited to serve you once it's safe," the company said.
Earlier in August, the company had postponed its decision to resume operations until October, saying the government was lifting restrictions to curb the disease's spread, even as it continues to be a threat...
Earlier this week, Assad Umar, minister for planning, development, and special measures, were transforming wedding halls and restaurants into hotspots for the virus, adding that an escalation could be avoided if standard operating procedures were followed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also advised authorities to declare a high alert during the winter due to the possibility of a rapid spread of seven diseases, including COVID-19.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said there were concerns that "early winter" could result in the second wave of disease, advise the nation to wear face masks in public to avoid an increase in coronavirus infections...