LG elections postponed for nine months: Buzdar

Number of confirmed cases in the province stands at 267 after 16 new cases were reported in the province

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Staff Report

LAHORE

 

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said once again that the provincial government had neither imposed a lockdown nor a curfew in the province, saying that the health department was ready to battle the coronavirus.

The chief minister was addressing a news conference via video link with senior members of the provincial cabinet. In response to a question, CM Buzdar said that hospitals across the province were ready to deal with the pandemic. “Our health department is ready to tackle the coronavirus,” he said. “We have issued directives to the health department to buy equipment needed to battle the coronavirus.”

The chief minister announced that local elections in the province have been delayed for nine months owing to the pandemic. He said that the government was focused on ensuring the poor were looked after as long as the pandemic lasted.

“I want to make it clear that this is not a curfew or a lockdown, as you can read in the notification,” he said. “We want to make sure the poor and the daily wage earners are looked after.”

In response to a question about mosques being open throughout the province, the chief minister said that the government has issued advisories for mosques and places of worship.

Punjab reports first death

Punjab on Tuesday reported its first death from the coronavirus in the province as the number of confirmed patients rose to 958 nation wide.

According to provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid, the patient was a 57-year-old admitted to Mayo Hospital. She repeated appeals for the public to stay indoors and avoid spreading the virus any further.

The Punjab Health department tweeted that the number of confirmed cases in the province stood at 267 after 16 new cases were reported in the province. According to the breakdown, 176 of those are the pilgrims that returned from Iran. While, Lahore remains the worst-hit city in the province with 59 new cases.

The department reported that Gujrat has 12 cases, 7 in Gujranwala, 3 in Jhelum and 2 in Rawalpindi and Multan respectively. Sargodha, Faisalabad, MandiBahuddin and Rahim Yar Khan have reported only one case in their cities.