The Pakistani government allowed the reopening of shops, factories, construction sites, and some other businesses on Saturday, partially lifting a blockade that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The latest event came two days after Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was ending the phased closure because his government was unable to support the millions of people who depend on their daily earnings to survive.
Merchant Muhammad Adeel said he needed to reopen his business to feed his family, but urged everyone to follow security measures to avoid contracting the virus. The government warned that controls will be re-imposed if the public does not follow the guidelines of social distancing.
Schools will be closed until July 15.
The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness and can lead to death.