Lockdown shows positive results as corona situation improves


The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday decided to allow all inter-city and intra-city public transport will functioning from today (Sunday), a day before the earlier plan of May 17.

All markets and shops will remain open till 8pm from May 17 onwards. Normal working hours for offices will be resumed from May 17 onwards with the condition of 50% work from home.

A special session of the body managing the country’s coronavirus response was held Saturday to review the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) throughout the “stay home, stay safe” May 8 to 16. The revised decision has been taken to enable government employees, whose Eid holidays ending on Sunday, return from native towns.

The meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and co-chaired by National Coordinator Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan also participated, while the provincial chief secretaries attended the session through video link. According to a statement from NCOC, the inter-provincial, inter-city and intra-city public transport will resume from May 16 instead of previously given date of May 17.