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LAHORE: The Punjab government due to increasing cases of corona in Punjab has decided to take immediate action against violation of SOPs in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, and Gujarat to ensure maximum implementation.

Similarly, shops and markets ignoring SOPs should also be closed while local administration and traffic police should take joint action against the passengers of vehicles and motorbikes not wearing face masks.

These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee on corona chaired by Senior Punjab Minister Abdul Aleem Khan. The meeting held at the Chief Minister's House was attended by provincial ministers Raja Muhammad Basharat, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal and Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chauhan while the Chief Secretary and IG Punjab also attended the meeting and presented the current situation of corona in the province.

Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said implementation of SOPs for the prevention of coronavirus is the equal responsibility of every person, otherwise, the government will be compelled to take strict measures. He said the immediate message of strict implementation of these security measures must reach the common man so that the sensitivity of the issue can be assessed. The minister said after a significant reduction in petrol prices there should be no disadvantage for transporters in complying with SOPs and leaving one seat vacant.

It was also decided in the meeting that on the matter of corona tests of passengers at the airport the National Command and Operational Centre should be consulted again.

In the meeting, the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, IG, Commissioner and Secretary Health Punjab while briefing about their respective departments told that 39 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours while 36 patients of corona are in critical condition. It was also informed that an effective media campaign has been launched for the awareness of common man to ensure maximum security measures in the province of Punjab.

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