The Balochistan government announced on Thursday, July 2, that the lockdown currently imposed has been extended until July 15 following a rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Under the lockdown restrictions shopping malls, markets, warehouses, auto-repair shops, and hair salons will be allowed to remain open from 09:00 to 19:00 (local time) on Thursdays and Saturdays, all businesses will remain closed on Fridays.
Educational facilities throughout the Balochistan province will remain closed until the end of the lockdown, while cinemas, wedding halls, and farmhouses will remain closed indefinitely. Additionally, public gatherings of more than ten people remain prohibited, as well as political rallies and social and religious events.
As of Saturday, July 4, health authorities have confirmed 225,283 COVID-19 cases with 4619 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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