The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) has taken the decision on Monday to permit the cattle markets to operate between 6 am to 7 pm before Eid-ul-Azha.
The decision was taken under the leadership of the Federal Minister for Planning and NCOC chief Asad Umar in the first provincial-level meeting of the national body that was held in Lahore.
The minister said that the movement of the people and cattle between the cities and villages surges the risk of the virus spreading. He said that the better management of the livestock markets was necessary to prevent its spread.
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He also said that nearly 700 cattle markets had been established throughout the nation. But, the size of the markets would be limited and the number of people who visit it at times would also be limited.
The meeting revised and reviewed the management of the cattle markets and the SOPs, which have been offered to all the relevant departments. The meeting further took the decision that no cattle markets would be permitted inside the cities.
Furthermore, the wearing of masks has been mandated inside the markets, whereas all the visitors are to be screened at the entrance of the cattle markets.
The federal minister, lauded the efforts of the government, as per him they were taken on time and had prevented the spread of the infectious virus any further.