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‘Transport to be restricted if Balochistan drivers don’t follow SOPS’

Liaquat Shahwani speaks to the media in Quetta

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jun 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago


Balochistan transporters have resumed their operations after almost three months. They, however, have been warned by the government that a restriction will be imposed again if they fail to follow the SOPs.

Liaquat Shahwani, a spokesperson of the Balochistan government, said that transporters must be very careful in following the set protocols. “The transport is being resumed now because of the coronavirus fears,” he remarked in a press conference in Quetta on Monday.

The transporters have been given a number of protocols to follow just like the traders. Only three people will be allowed to sit in a taxi, and an 18-seater bus will carry only 10 passengers, Shahwani said.

He shared that the number of COVID-19 cases in Balochistan has gone up by 21%. A total of 2,300 people have recovered and 4,035 people in isolation. No person is on the ventilator. At least 1,993 known cases have been reported in a week. Shahwani said that the upcoming budget will focus on the health sector.

“The novel coronavirus has spread to 31 districts in Balochistan and we can’t control it without the support of the people,” he added. A curfew will be really difficult to impose and people have to start living with the virus now.

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