Pakistani authorities will approve the resumption of virtually all activities and business interrupted by the new coronavirus pandemic starting Monday, coinciding with a new balance that will bring the cases of COVID-19 registered so far in the Asian country to nearly 285,000.
The government announced Thursday that as of August 10, restrictions imposed on restaurants, cafes, parks, theaters and cinemas about five months ago would be lifted after fewer infections in recent weeks.
Only educational centers and wedding halls will remain closed until September 15, while masks will remain mandatory in public spaces.
Local authorities have urged companies to guarantee certain prevention protocols to avoid outbreaks, although the Pakistan Doctors Association has said it was “surprised” by the reactivation of “all sectors at the same time,” according to DPA news agency.
The Pakistani Ministry of Health reported 539 new cases of COVID-19 this Monday, bringing the provisional balance to 284,660. The country has recorded 15 more deaths in the past 24 hours, up to 6,097 since the pandemic began, Geo TV reports.