Amid the rising cases, the provincial government has imposed a lockdown in seven high-burdened cities, restricting the movement of the people to their homes, while all commercial activities, establishments, markets and areas throughout the province of Punjab shall be closed by 6 pm, Dawn reported.
The major lockdown will start from Monday (tomorrow) for two weeks in the seven cities after a gap of a year.
While issuing a notification on Saturday, the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said a major lockdown had been imposed in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Gujrat, restricting the movement of the people within these districts and outside them.
There shall also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious or other purposes at any place, public or private, in these seven cities, while a complete ban has been imposed on all kinds of indoor gatherings.
The upper limit for outdoor gatherings in the rest of the province is 300 people for the maximum duration of two hours.
Earlier this month, schools were closed in seven cities of the province -- Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Gujrat, Multan, Rawalpindi and Sialkot -- till March 28, according to Dawn.
One of the major reasons for the sharp surge of the cases was the presence of a highly infectious UK variant of the virus, with its presence located in Lahore, Jhelum, Okara, and Gujrat.
Pakistan has recorded up to 6,05,200 total infections along with 13,508 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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