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Pakistan diary: Government imposes Eid lockdown amidst spike in COVID-19 cases

A view of a closed market after the government ordered the closure of markets, after new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Pakistan. Source: AAP

Pakistan has imposed a strict nine-day shutdown affecting travel and tourist hotspots to contain the rising number of COVID-19 infections ahead of Eid al-Fitr. All this and more in our weekly news bulletin from Pakistan.

As the country battles the third wave of infections, the government of Pakistan has imposed the most strict lockdown since April last year.

Eid, which comes at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, usually sees a massive movement of people and social gatherings across the country.

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