In a meeting presided over by Asad Umar at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday, provincial ministers debated about easing lockdown curbs and reopening of different businesses after May 9.
In an inter-provincial education ministers’ conference on Wednesday, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan opposed the reopening of educational institutions after June 1. That meeting was chaired by Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood.
The NCOC meeting was held at the request of the Federal government to seek agreement between provinces for allowing domestic transport and businesses to reopen once the current lockdown ends. However, all provinces opposed the running of buses, trains, and domestic flights but agreed to reopen markets.
All provinces, through NCOC, have recommended the federal government to reopen the OPDs of public hospitals and allow traders to open markets twice a day from 9 AM to 5 PM and 8 PM to 10 PM under strict SOPs.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) today to decide which businesses will reopen after provinces failed to reach an agreement on the matter.
Federal for Information and Broadcasting Minister, Shibli Faraz, has said that PM Imran Khan will make the final decision keeping in view the hardships faced by the vulnerable, poor, and jobless people during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Shibli Faraz has, however, warned that the country could potentially witness a sharp increase in the number of Coronavirus cases after reopening the businesses if SOPs are not enforced completely.