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March 25, 2020

All trade centres remain closed for 3rd consecutive day


March 25, 2020

PESHAWAR: Announcements were made from the police vehicles and loudspeakers of mosques on Tuesday to ask the public to wash hands with soap, stay at home and avoid going outside if there was no urgency.

All the trade centres were deserted on Tuesday as shops remained closed for the third consecutive day.

As the government had announced the closure of all malls, shops and restaurants and announced holidays in offices till March 29, people remained at home to escape getting affected by the coronavirus and prevent its spread.

"Our officers of the City Patrol Force and police patrolling cars made announcements in different parts of the city asking the public to stay at home and wash hands often with soap. The station house officers concerned visited mosques and asked local prayer leaders to make announcements through loudspeakers to convince people to stay at home," Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Ali Gandapur told The News.

The official said the cops were asked to take precautionary measures while performing the duty.

Special safety gears were provided to policemen at the quarantine centres and other places to protect them from the virus.

An official said around 100 safety suits were provided to policemen deployed at the quarantine centres, police lines and other places while 400 more would be provided soon.

Some police stations also provided safety kits to guards deployed at the main gate to keep them safe.

Besides, officials of district administration were provided 100 safety kits to protect them from the virus while visiting the affected areas or during interactions with patients.

Many parts of the city, including government offices and streets, were chlorinated on Tuesday. The Rescue 1122 officials continued chlorination in other districts of the province as well.

Kamran Bangash, the young Advisor to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, visited different parts of the city and made announcements to request people to stay at home and refrain from coming out if there is nothing urgent to do.

He visited the bus stands and other corwded places and asked the people not to gather there and go home as their lives were precious.

Complaints were received from several places that shopkeepers had increased the rates of flour, food items and other goods while taking advantage of the situation. Raids were conducted at these stores to keep a check on prices.

The police in Swabi prepared its own safety suits as there were not available in the market. The safety suits were provided to the policemen deployed at places considered vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

"We have provided safety suits to those performing duty at sensitive places. The cops prepared the suit on their own at a lower cost.

We also made masks for the cops and distributed these among the policemen," District Police Officer of Swabi Imran Shahid told The News.