Two people sitting at a footpath on Quetta's Adalat Road during the lockdown in the aftermath of coronavirus outbreak: Photo Quetta Voice

By Our Reporter

QUETTA: Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani on Saturday said that over 1.3 Million families in the province were extremely poor and were deprived of basic necessities of life.

Addressing a press conference regarding the Covid-19, he said the government has decided to ease the lockdown keeping in view problems faced by the poor segments of society, masses, and traders. Since, we are concerned about daily wage workers and poor people, therefore, we decided to ease the lockdown, he elaborated. The lockdown imposed in the aftermath of Covid-19 has already impacted over 1.5 million families in the province.

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Mr. Shahwani however warned that the shopkeepers and shopping mall owners violating the standard operating procedure (SOPs) would be taken to task. Shops to be opened from 3 am to 5 pm. So far, the administration has sealed over 27,000 shops in Quetta city for violating the lockdown orders, the Spokesman stated.

Mr. Shahwani said that the virus continues to spread fast in Balochistan. Cases continue to rise in Quetta, Pishin, and other districts of Balochistan. He said the Pishin district was hard hit by the virus after Quetta in terms of increasing cases of the novel coronavirus.

He urged upon the masses to make sure wearing masks and adopt social distancing during the battle against the coronavirus.


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