The federal government has extended the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus till May 9.
Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning and Head of National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), said during a media briefing that Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the National Coordination Committee and it was decided to extend prevailing lockdown till May 9.
He said that the month of Ramadan is commencing and as per the directive of the Prime Minister there will be no load shedding in Suhoor and Iftar across the country, a notification from the Power Division will be issued soon.
He said that the biggest welfare work of Pakistan’s history is being carried out under Ehsas Emergency Relief Program. Under the program, Rs 69 billion has been distributed among 5.7 million families so far. It was estimated to reach one crore families and Rs 144 billion will be distributed. Almost half of the program has been completed and it will continue in Ramadan.
Asad Umar also urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures and maintain proper social distancing during Ramazan.
The Minister said Pakistan Army is supporting the civil administration in its endeavors to fights against the Coronavirus.