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SBP to not problem new banknotes on Eid ul Fitr because of COVID-19

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Picture exhibiting stacks of Rs5,000 and Rs1,000 banknotes — File.
  • SBP says it won’t problem new banknotes on Eid ul Fitr.
  • Says the choice has been taken in view of the damaging third wave of COVID-19.
  • The financial institution points new notes yearly as individuals typically give Eidi to children utilizing new banknotes. 

The State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) has introduced that it’s going to not be issuing new notes on Edi ul Fitr this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Like last year, we will not be issuing new banknotes on Eid ul Fitr due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic,” stated the SBP in an announcement. 

The central financial institution points new notes Eid yearly as individuals wish to give Eidi to children utilizing new banknotes. 

Nonetheless, this 12 months the federal government is urging individuals to not have fun Eid with the standard grandeur because of a harmful third wave of COVID-19. 

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The SBP’s assertion additionally got here as Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio jumped to 9.6% on Thursday after the nation reported over 5,000 new infections.

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The variety of recoveries nationwide has reached 708,193 to date, whereas the variety of lively instances within the nation stands at 89,838 as of right now.

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Retaining in view the swamping infections, the federal government is mulling over imposing a lockdown in 20 cities from 2/3 Could.

An inventory talked about 20 cities throughout Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Jammu, and Kashmir, the place the coronavirus scenario is extraordinarily unhealthy and the restrictions imposed by the authorities have failed to manage the virus unfold.

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