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Passenger train service to remain suspended, says Rasheed

RAWALPINDI: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Monday announced that the passenger train operations would remain suspended in the country.

Talking to reporters, Rasheed said that initially it was decided to resume operations from April 1, however, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed to keep the passenger rail service suspended “till further orders”.

“However, the freight train operations will continue as usual in order to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities across the country,” he said.

The minister said that they had made special arrangements at the railway stations for coronavirus patients. “Seven railway hospitals would also be dedicated for treating coronavirus patients,” he said, adding that a 50-bed quarantine had been established while the Rawalpindi Railway Hospital, having capacity to accommodate 450 patients, could also used to treat the virus patients.

To a question, the minister rejected curfew imposition in the country, saying the masses should adopt preventive measures on their own.

“Next 15-day are important for controlling the virus,” he said, adding that the situation in Pakistan was far better than Italy or United States.