Due to the sharp rise in cases of Korna virus in the country, Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Shah has suggested to the provincial governments to restrict movement between cities on weekends.
He also asked the provincial governments to educate the traders about following the government directives and playing their role in curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Shah gave these suggestions to the provinces during a meeting held at the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Cove 19.
The meeting was attended by focal persons or chief secretaries of all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and the commissioner of Islamabad through video link.
On the occasion, the Home Minister said that for the health and safety of the people, movement between cities should be restricted on weekends to avoid crowds.
He said that a large number of people across the country go to their hometowns on weekends.
The Home Minister asked the provinces to inform the traders and allow them to go to the shops only if they follow the government instructions to wear surgical masks and take social distance.
Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza stressed that the protection of health care providers would be ensured as they are 'front line heroes', adding that those providing these services Training will be provided on the proper use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPAs).
According to Zafar Mirza, improper use of PPAs is one of the major reasons for the rising number of coronavirus cases in medical personnel.
About 200 doctors across the country have been infected with the coronavirus so far and several have died.
The meeting also reviewed the implementation of instructions in Ramadan due to coronavirus in the country.
Figures released after the NCOC meeting said that in 24 hours, 605 new cases of corona and 12 deaths had been reported, while the number of patients in critical condition had risen from 50 to 139.
Dr. Wasim Khawaja, the media coordinator of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said two more patients died at the hospital on Monday.