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SBP to not concern new banknotes on Eid ul Fitr resulting from COVID-19

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The State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) has introduced that it’ll not be issuing new notes on Edi ul Fitr this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

“Like final yr, we is not going to be issuing new banknotes on Eid ul Fitr as a result of unfold of the coronavirus pandemic,” stated the SBP in an announcement.

The central financial institution points new notes Eid yearly as folks need to give Eidi to children utilizing new banknotes.

Nonetheless, this yr the federal government is urging folks to not rejoice Eid with the standard grandeur resulting from a harmful third wave of COVID-19.

The SBP’s assertion additionally got here as Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio jumped to 9.6% on Thursday after the nation reported over 5,000 new infections.

In keeping with the official information offered by the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 5,480 folks examined optimistic for the coronavirus, after 57,013 exams had been carried out throughout the nation.

The whole tally of COVID-19 instances now stands at 815,711, with most instances reported in Punjab.

The variety of recoveries nationwide has reached 708,193 to this point, whereas the variety of energetic instances within the nation stands at 89,838 as of in the present day.

A day earlier, Pakistan reported the very best single-day demise toll recorded because the pandemic began final yr with over 200 new fatalities.

Retaining in view the swamping infections, the federal government is mulling over imposing a lockdown in 20 cities from 2/3 Could.

An inventory talked about 20 cities throughout Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Jammu, and Kashmir, the place the coronavirus scenario is extraordinarily unhealthy and the restrictions imposed by the authorities have failed to regulate the virus unfold.

The cities the place the lockdown is likely to be imposed embrace Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Dir Decrease, Mardan, Nowshera, Malakand, Charsadda, Swat, Swabi, Muzaffarabad, Sudhnuti, Poonch, and Bagh.

The COVID-19 apex physique has directed the native administration to ahead their enter for obligatory motion.