Islamabad closes hotels, tourist spots, public parks over COVID-19 threat

Islamabad closes hotels, tourist spots, public parks over COVID-19 threat


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The Islamabad administration has decided to shut Murree Expressway, Margalla, public parks, tourist points, picnic spots, hill stations and hotels, etc. in the Capital City from July 27 till Eid Ul Azha holidays in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eid Ul Azha will be celebrated across Pakistan on August 1, whereas the federal government has announced three holiday days from July 31 to August 2, 2020, as DND News Agency reported.

In a statement on Monday, the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat appealed to the people not to venture out for the time being.

Earlier on Sunday, the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad said that the number of people battling with the coronavirus in the Federal Capital has been reduced to 2,400.

Hamza Shafqaat said that full compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19 made it possible.

The Deputy Commissioner Islamabad further said that 1,915 tests were conducted on July 25 to diagnose the virus, which found 20 persons positive.

Furthermore, he apprised that in the ICT, a total of 178,421 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.

Meanwhile, as per the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), 14,884 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Islamabad to date, 164 have died of it, while 12,253 have recovered.

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