Covid: Pakistan enters partial lockdown as Eid nears

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Pakistan has declared an eight-day partial lockdown ahead of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr next week.

Non-essential businesses and tourism sites must close and travel across the country is restricted from 8-16 May.

The country is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections, recording more than 140,000 cases and 3,000 deaths in April.

Officials had warned restrictions could be necessary given neighbouring India’s devastating surge in cases.

Pakistan recorded an additional 4,109 positive cases on Saturday, according to the health ministry. The actual number of infections is likely to be higher because of under-reporting.

Under Pakistan’s partial lockdown, all but essential shops, businesses and markets will close until 16 May.

Transport in and between regions and cities is restricted to private vehicles, taxis and trains, all with reduced capacity.

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