Qissa Khwani Bazar sealed over violations of SOPs
Protests erupted as police shut down about 300 shops, dozens of wholesale markets
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Amid rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, Peshawar’s famous business center Qissa Khwani Bazar was sealed on Tuesday over violation of SOPs. On the directions of Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Asghar, Assistant Commissioner Peshawar Dr Ehtesham-ul-Haq sealed more than 300 shops and dozens of wholesale markets in the area. The situation, however, escalated when a number of shop owners tried to resist the police and reopen their shops. Additional police force had to be called in by the district administration to complete the operation. The move comes a day after both the federal and KP governments expressed their frustration over thousands flocking to shopping centres in cities and flouting social distancing and other guidelines to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In a meeting on Monday, the National Command Operation Centre had suggested provinces to restrict business timings in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. Corona cases continue to rise in KP, figure reaches up to 3180 APP adds: As many as 333 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last 24 hours. According to the health department’s report COVID-19, the total number of active cases has surged to 3180 across the province. It says the deadly virus has so far claimed 1330 lives. The people have been advised to strictly observe the SOPs notified by the government to contain the spread of the infection. As part preparedness to tackle corona emergencies, the management of Lady Reading Hospital has fully reactivated 250 beds Corona Complex after significant increase of COVID-19 cases in the second wave of pandemic. The spokesperson of LRH says that the management has been directed to be ready for every emergency situation and make ready full preparations. He said that coronavirus SOPs were strictly observed and visitors were not allowed in the complex except one attendant for a patient. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3