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Marriage halls, cinemas to remain shut as coronavirus cases soar to 28 in Pakistan

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

14th Mar, 2020. 11:12 am
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Marriage Ban in Pakistan

With coronavirus disease spreading in 135 countries globally, authorities in Pakistan have ordered shutdown of all educational institutions, marriage halls and cinemas to prevent mass gatherings.

Special Advisor to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza has confirmed Friday that number of patients infected with COVID-19 has increased to 28.

He said that preventing this virus from spreading further is government’s top priority.


Dr. Zafar Mirza said borders play very important role in anti-coronavirus measures, thus, western border to remain completely closed.

He said Taftan, Chaman and Torkham borders will remain closed until further notice.

The Adviser said that more than six thousand Pakistani pilgrims were present in Iran during coronavirus outbreak.

He also said that international flights will only land at three airports in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.

Events in marriage halls have suspended for two weeks, educational institutes and cinema halls will also remain closed during this period.

Dr. Zafar Mirza said no one will be allowed to meet prisoners at jails for the next three weeks.


The government has also formed a Naional Coordination Committee headed by Special Advisor to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza.

Secretary health, chairman NDMA, ISI, ISPR and representatives of military operations will be part of the committee.

The committee will hold its first meeting on Saturday to review measures regarding containment of the coronavirus.

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