Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Dr. Kazim Niaz on Saturday said that third wave of corona was proving more severe and stressed need for special planning to check growing deaths from the pandemic in the country and province.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting regarding third wave of coronaviurs here in his office at Civil Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, Secretary Home & Tribal Affairs, Secretary Health, Secretary Transport, all divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and other higher authorities.
The KP Chief Secretary stressed the need for implementation of decisions taken in the meeting of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19 in letter and spirit to combat the pandemic, adding any negligence in this regard could cause maximum deaths.
He said that educational institutions in areas where the ratio of corona cases was over 5% would remain closed and in this connection online classes would be given concentration.
The Chief Secretary said that all public and private offices would remain open from 9am to 2pm and 50% staff would work from home.
He said that all public and private sector institutions should ensure the use of safety masks and hinted at compulsory lockdown in areas with higher corona cases.
He said that bazaars and markets across the province would be closed on 6pm with exemptions for pharmacies, bakers, patrol pumps and take-away from restaurants. Similarly, he said that all indoor and outdoor services in restaurants would be banned and only take-away would be allowed.
Dr. Kazim Niaz said that economic activities would remain closed on Saturday and Sunday while pharmacies, bakeries, grocery, milk, meat, fruit and vegetable shops and petrol pumps would remain exempted of the ban.
Furthermore, mausoleums and cinema houses across the province would also remain closed while the use of face mask has been made compulsory at all public places.
The Chief Secretary directed the participants of the meeting for taking religious clerics, trading community and general public into confidence to control corona cases. He said that corona could be overcome with the cooperation of general public.
He appealed to the clerics to give special sermons to urge upon the people to implement corona SOPs to control its further spread. He said that all public parks and wedding halls would remain closed till May 17, 2021.
On the occasion, the KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi directed police officers to join hands with administration in taking practical corona protective measures to ensure protection of people in any circumstances.