ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Pakistan on Sunday shut down markets and public places in several major cities of the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country also jumped to 629.

According to the provincial governments of Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, and Balochistan, the public have been advised to remain at home and avoid social gatherings.

“In view of experts’ advice regarding social distancing being a primary preventive method and avoiding public contact, all markets, shopping malls, and restaurants shall remain closed with effect from Sunday morning till Tuesday morning,” the KP government said in a

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