PESHAWAR: District administration Peshawar has sealed more than 915 shops over violation of COVID-19 precautionary standard operation procedures (SOPs on Tuesday.
According to a press statement, the officers of the district administration inspected various bazaars of Peshawar Cantonment and on violation of SOPs sealed busy shopping markets including Jinnah Street, Khanis Plaza, Cantonment Plaza, Mustafa Market, Rehman Square Market, Makkah Market, New Cantonment Board Plaza and Cantonment Commercial Plaza.
The officials of the district administration also sealed Hassan Market at Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) Bazaar and Hamayun Market Mathani over violation of COVID-19 preventive SOPs, the statement said.
Meanwhile, DC Peshawar, Mohammad Ali Asghar has said that shops of the sealed plazas were continuously violating the SOPs and despite notices, face masks were not being used there that prompted district administration to seal them.
The administration has further urged upon both the trading community and the general public to avoid public gathering and following the officially announced SOPs. Otherwise, the legal proceedings would be initiated against them.
At least eight more people have lost their lives in Pakistan due to the coronavirus, taking the total death toll to 6,588 on Tuesday.
According to the National Command and Operations Center, 531 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of victims to 319,848.
In Pakistan, 34,609 patients have recovered from the coronavirus and the number of patients under treatment has dropped to 8,651.
The coronavirus has killed 2,264 people in Punjab. The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has risen to 1,264, in Islamabad 189, in Balochistan 146, in Gilgit-Baltistan 91 and in Azad Kashmir 78.