Pakistan on Monday deployed the army to assist the civil administration to enforce nationwide lockdown and perform other duties as the number of coronavirus cases sharply rose to 875.
The decision to deploy army comes in as police encountered problems in enforcing the strict measures to keep people indoors after all provincial governments announced complete or partial lockdown.
Meanwhile, it is reported that people have faced harsh punishment for violating lockdown in Pakistan’s Sindh. The authorities have imposed complete lockdown in several parts of the country due to the spread of coronavirus.
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The sources also said that all shopping malls, restaurants, and public transport were asked to remain closed across the country and army soldiers will be available to help. During the lockdown, citizens will be allowed to step out of their homes only for buying grocery and hospital visits.
“All the borders have been closed but the real border is between human and coronavirus which we need to shut, he said, adding that actions will be taken to limit the interaction of the people.
Of the total 875 cases, Sindh province accounted for 394 cases, Punjab 246, Balochistan 110, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 38, Islamabad 15 and Gilgit-Baltistan 72 and 1 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.