ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday announced a two-week extension to the nationwide shutdown to curb the COVID-19 spread, but said some industries would reopen in phases.
The first industry to reopen would be construction, Khan said in a televised address to the nation.
“That lockdown, those restrictions on gatherings will continue for another two weeks,” Khan said.
Pakistan, which has already completed a three week lockdown, has reported 5,716 cases with 96 deaths.
The World Bank has warned that Pakistan is expected to fall into recession in fiscal 2020/21. Khan has sought debt relief from international lenders to combat the pandemic.
Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Andrew Heavens