LAHORE - Cabinet Committee for Corona Control Tuesday decided to grant permission to open shopping malls and plazas from 9 am till 5 pm across the province.

However, food courts, stalls, restaurants and play-rides within the shopping malls and plazas will remain closed while restaurants will open after Eid and the decision with regard to their days and timings will be made later.

Shops, businesses and markets will also be opened from 9 am morning till 5 pm evening.

It was decided during the meeting that police personnel will be disbursed special allowance during ailment owing to coronavirus while police personnel embracing martyrdom due to coronavirus will be provided martyrdom package.

It was principally decided to declare mandatory for visitors to cover face and nose at crowded places.

A 5-member committee has also been constituted to ascertain doctors and health professionals for performing corona duties.

On the verification of 5-member committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor of every medical university, additional salary will be given to the health professionals for performing corona duties.

The committee also directed to ensure payment of allowance before Eid on receiving verified and authentic lists of doctors and health professionals engaged in combating coronavirus.  Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare while giving briefing to the participants apprised that more than one lac 73 thousand corona tests had been conducted across the province so far and more than 28 per cent patients had gone back to their homes after being fully recovered.

He further informed that staff working in laboratories will perform their duties in shifts during Eid days.

Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Chief Secretary, IG Police, Principal Secretary to CM, Additional Secretary (Home), Secretaries of Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education, Primary & Secondary Healthcare, Finance, Information Departments along with Commissioner Lahore Division attended the meeting while SMBR, Secretary Transport, DG PDMA, Chairman PITB, concerned officers and senior military officers from 4 Corps Headquarters attended the meeting via video link.