Balochistan imposes near lockdown for three weeks to control COVID-19
The provincial authorities also impose ban on public transport for 21 days
QUETTA: As the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 81 in Balochistan, the provincial government has decided to impose a 21-day partial lockdown across the province to control the spread of highly contagious disease.
Under the lockdown, which is similar to the restrictions imposed by the Sindh government, all major shopping centres, markets and food restaurants will remain closed. However, food delivery will be allowed during the lockdown.
The Balochistan government has also banned inter-provincial and intra-city public transport for a period of 21 days across the province.
The provincial home department has issued a notification in this regard which will come into effect from tomorrow (Saturday).
Besides closing schools and universities, the authorities imposed Section 144 last week in the province, banning all gatherings of 10 or more people amid fear of spread of the coronavirus due to human contact.
The government has established a quarantine centre on the outskirts of Quetta at Mian Ghundi, where lack of facilities prompted health staff, patients and the area locals to protest
It had also issued directives to ban entry of outsiders in the Civil Secretariat Quetta in line with the social distancing measures.