The Balochistan Home Department on April 21 announced the extension in the lockdown, according to a notification issued here.
According to a report, shops and industries that have been allowed to resume operations have been directed to adhere to the SOPs issued by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.
Couple of days ago, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf said that the federal government is implementing ‘smart lockdown’ to impose lockdown measures only in those areas where coronavirus has posed a threat while the restrictive measures in the rest of the country are being relaxed to facilitate the public.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has already said that imposing a blanket lockdown is not a feasible option as it would adversely affect the downtrodden segments of the society. We are going for smart lockdown, to impose lockdown measures only in those areas where required,” he said.
Yusuf confirmed 159 deaths due to coronavirus in Pakistan, saying the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan (till the filing of this report) was 7,993 cases while the mortality rate was 1.9 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 16 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported and 514 new cases reported, he said while also confirming that 1,867 patients recovered from the pandemic so far.