CPEC remains unaffected by corona pandemic   | Pakistan Today

CPEC remains unaffected by corona pandemic  

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to begin work at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) despite the rising trend of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The decision was taken during the meeting of the National Coordination Committee, attended by the chief ministers of all provinces, federal ministers and top military officials.

The construction industry will also be allowed to operate from tomorrow and the prime minister would announce a package for the industry on Friday.

The premier has completed a consultation with the economic team on the revival of the economy and an advisory would be issued to the provinces for allowing travel of the labourers related to the industry.

The federal government has also decided to issue an advisory for Friday and other prayers under which the local administration is directed to take the decision keeping in view the on-ground situation of coronavirus pandemic.

Reports quoting prime minister during the meeting said that they have decided to start operations of the construction sector in order to provide relief to the lower segment of the society.

“The labourers’ employment is associated with the industrial sector,” the premier said, adding that the labour class was currently a top priority of the government.

The prime minister was also briefed on the current status of the pilgrims who had arrived at the Taftan border from Iran.

The briefing said that the pilgrims were currently in good health and a majority of them who contracted the virus have recovered from it.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NCC meeting on Wednesday decided for extending its lockdown till April 14 to curb the spread of COVID-19 besides finalising a solid strategy to cope with the impact of the pandemic.