Islamabad bans indoor dining at restaurants

Inside view of a dine-in restaurant.–File photo

Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat on Tuesday imposed a ban on indoor dining at restaurants in the federal capital as the number of coronavirus cases soars in the capital city.

Hamza said in a tweet, “Indoor dining has been restricted in Islamabad. Only take aways and dining outside in open area is allowed. All Assistant Commissioners / Sub Divisional Magistrates are in field ensuring the orders issued under Epidemic Diseases Act in order to prevent further Covid infection.”

Islamabad has seen a surge in coronavirus infections and fatalities in recent days as the second wave of the pandemic has hit Pakistan like other countries in the world. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), four people died from coronavirus in Islamabad on Monday. The NCOC says 2,458 people tested positive for coronavirus across the country on Monday, taking the total number of infections in the country to 400,482.

The nationwide prevalence of coronavirus cases as of November 30 is as following: Sindh 174,350 cases and 2,935 deaths, Punjab 119,558 cases and 3,036 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 47,350 cases and 1,369 deaths, Islamabad 20,406 cases and 318 deaths, Balochistan 17,187 cases and 167 deaths, Azad Kashmir 6,933 cases and 169 deaths and Gilgit Baltistan 4,658 cases and 97 deaths.

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