KP reports 169 new cases, 14 more deaths
Opening of public transport allowed from Monday; public holiday extended till May 31
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has recorded 169 new coronavirus, taking the provincial tally to 5,847, according to the health department.
The province's death toll from the virus rose to 305 with 14 new deaths reported — seven in Peshawar, three in Swat and one each in Lower Dir, Mardan, Kohat and Bajaur.
Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government decided to open public transport from Monday (May 18) under strict precautionary measures for facilitation of public and ordered transporters to reduce fares keeping in view the prices of petroleum products.
KP Government spokesman Ajmal Wazir said that all Deputy Commissioner, Regional Transport Authority and transports would finalize SOPs while District administration would ensure implementation of SOPs, adding that petrol pumps and CNG stations were allowed to operate round-the-clock.
He said that keeping in view situation in the area, Divisional Commissioners would open specified routes within the jurisdiction of his division while the routes that were passing through different divisions would be decided at provincial level.
He said that after relaxation of ban, the public transport would have to charge fares on the basis of the newly announced fares framed.
Ajmal said the provincial government has extended general public holidays in the province and now all government offices except those exempted would remain closed till end of the current month (May 31, 2020).
He said that all relaxations in lockdown have been made in the meeting of the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan headed by Provincial Task Force (PTF) in consultations with federal government.
The adviser announced that barbers and beauty salons shops in the province would adhere to standing operation procedures (SOPs) to remain open three days a week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) till 4:00 p.m. - APP