Lahore marriage hall owners to mitigate the limitations | Instant News

Lahore: the owners of the marriage hall demanded the easing of restrictions with the aim of opening their business. They raised this demand during a meeting with the Minister of agriculture, Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial held here on Tuesday.

President marriage hall associations Khalid Ahmed MIAN Muhammad Ilyas President Lahore marriage hall Association, Malik Atik, h Shafiq and other members informed the Minister about their problems, that there are millions of people associated with the business.

Because Covid-19, wedding halls were closed on March 14, 2020, which was led by the business people/stakeholders for a miserable life, they said. The Minister said that with the advice of the Minister for industries MIAN Aslam Iqbal he will speak to Usman Buzdar on this issue. Inshallah, the SOP will be prepared for you after Eid and soon the government will solve this case, he said. The Minister of agriculture Nauman Ahmad said that the government will certainly open this business soon.


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Australia says it is limiting the coronavirus to continue for at least four more weeks | Instant News

This largely deserted city is seen following the adoption of distancing social rules and isolation to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, April 16, 2020. REUTERS / Loren Elliott

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will continue to impose restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the corona virus for at least four weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, despite signs that Canberra has succeeded in slowing down the rate of infection.

Morrison said Australia would expand testing next month, increase its capacity to track contacts of known corona virus cases, and plan further responses to any local outbreaks.

Morrison said the three steps would be completed within four weeks, and Australia would then review restrictions including limiting population movements, and closing schools, restaurants and pubs.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Tom Hogue


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Germany debates limiting easing when new infections go down | Instant News

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Public life in Germany, stopped by a coronavirus outbreak, can gradually return to normal if certain conditions are met including stable infection rates at low levels, according to recommendations sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors on Monday.

Mummy doctor Abou Taleb adjusted his face mask after leaving the rescue helicopter “Christoph Giessen” on his way to pick up a patient in the village of Polheim near Giessen, when the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continued, in Germany April 12 2020. REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach

The suggestion, by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, will play an important role in consideration this week for possible easing in movements and social distance rules in effect since around mid-March.

Suggestions from academics came because the daily numbers for new infections in Germany have slowed but are still in thousands of people.

“Although the pandemic will continue to shape economic and social life over the coming months, it is necessary to … develop criteria and strategies for a gradual return to normality,” the academy wrote.

Merkel, who said the academy’s position paper would be important for her determination on the way forward, would discuss recommendations with her cabinet on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he will hold a video conference with the state governor to discuss possible solutions to the lockdown and how to manage the recession that is expected to occur.

Senior politicians have begun to debate the possibility of easing restrictions because the number of infections and new deaths has decreased in Germany, which has passed a pandemic better than Italy, Spain and France.

But an export-driven economy – the largest in Europe – has been hit hard and could experience a 9.8% contraction in the second quarter, said its main economic research institute. That would be the biggest contraction since records began in 1970 and more than doubled the decline seen during the 2009 global financial crisis.

The academy also said that masks must be required in certain areas, such as on public transportation. It is said children should go back to school as soon as possible, but recommend to differentiate them based on grade level.

Over the Easter weekend, Armin Laschet, the conservative governor of the most populous Rhine-Westphalia state, sent recommendations from a panel of experts from his own country to Merkel and his fellow prime ministers. He has stressed the importance of easing restrictions.

Speaking to the broadcaster ZDF on Sunday evening, Laschet said that small retailers, for example, could potentially reopen following models in place for bakeries with only two customers at a time.

“Why doesn’t this also apply to other stores,” he said, calling for “return to normalcy”.

Other politicians, such as Dietmar Woidke, governor of Brandenburg, called for a more cautious approach to avoid the risk of negating the work that Germany had done to combat the virus.

The current restrictions, which include limiting public meetings to two people, will remain in effect until April 19.

Reporting by Tom Sims; Editing by Hugh Lawson


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