SHANGLA: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to reopen 80 per cent of the industries and labour departmenthospitals after a prolonged closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Talking to mediapersons at Bisham on Sunday, minister for labour and culture Shaukat Yousafzai said that about 80 per cent of the province’s industries would be opened from April 14 (Tuesday), while 28 hospitals of the labour department would be reopened from Monday (today) to reduce rush on other major hospitals.

“We have asked the industries to pay the wages to the workers suffering due to the lockdown,’’ he said, and added that though Covid-19 was so far under control people should observe the official guidelines till end of this month.

Meanwhile, a teenage boy died and his two cousins sustained injuries after they were hit by a speeding vehicle at Kunshi Chowk in Bisham city on Sunday.

Bisham SHO Mohammad Ali said the injured were taken to hospital where one of them, Ramiz of Kohistan, succumbed to injuries. The rest were referred to a hospital in Swat.

He said a case had been registered against the driver.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2020

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