The governments of Azad Jammu and Kashmir have decided to force a 15-day closure from November 20 to contain a rapid increase in coronavirus.
The decision was made after the regional cabinet was notified of a recent coronavirus infection. According to the data, the government will set a limit on all districts at the same time.
Public meetings, including weddings, are closed, and religious gatherings and funeral services will be held under the COVID-19 SOPs.
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To monitor the growth rate in educational institutions, the government is closing schools. It also urges locals and Kashmiris, who are based abroad, to avoid traveling.
All businesses and offices will remain closed while government offices will operate at 50% capacity. Only essential services will be allowed under coronavirus SOPs.
The government will announce the closure at a press conference later today.
COVID-19 in Pakistan
The coronavirus claimed 33 lives in all of Pakistan in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Tuesday.
The death toll from COVID-19 was 7,193 – and last year 193 deaths were reported in just eight days.
NCOC data show that Pakistan recorded 14,606 new cases of coronavirus in the past seven days, bringing the total number to 361 082 today with 2,050 new cases. The number of active cases stands at 29 055.
The crime rate has risen to 7% this week. The recovery rate is stable at 90% with a total of 324,834 COVID-19 surviving the virus.