Dr. Shahbaz Gill, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication, said on Thursday that several big markets across the country will be shutdown due to their failure to follow Standard Operating Procedures for coronavirus prevention.
The decision to shut down markets that have been violating the SOPs was taken in the sessions of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), according to Gill.
He added that an operation to implement the decision has been initiated in both Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier this decision was only for Punjab, but it has been extended to other provinces as well.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan earlier ordered shopping malls and markets to remain open seven days a week back on May 18. The decision came then amid rising coronavirus cases, and the new decision comes after Pakistan recorded its highest number of positive cases in a day, with 4,688 new infections and 82 deaths.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan also crossed the 20,000 testing sample capacity. The latest surge has taken the nation-wide tally of COVID-19 to 85,264 with 1,770 deaths.