Pakistan: Public spaces packed in Rawalpindi as coronavirus restrictions eased

Thousands of locals flocked to the Raja Bazar in Rawalpindi on Monday after the Pakistani government partially reopened markets and public spaces. Raja Bazar is the oldest marketplace in which people from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi come for shopping. The relaxation of the lockdown has not only provided relief to small businesses and retailers but also attracted the buyers who... Еще have been waiting for the opening of businesses to buy clothes and food ahead of Eid celebrations this weekend. «We had no business for almost one and half months, it was closed for 45 to 48 days, we earn 500 to 700 rupees per day here on this stall, we are small daily earners,» explained bazaar vendor Muhammad Yousaf. However, packed spaces and bumper to bumper traffic with very little protection led to locals worrying about their safety amid fears of a second spike in infections. «It is too crowded here, the bikers are inside, there is no space to even move, how can we do our shopping,» said local shopper Memoona. A group of vendors was also seen fighting one another in an apparent battle for retail space. Pakistan has recorded 42,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Thus far, 903 people have died with the virus nationwide.

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