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Pakistan’s Internet Usage Rises By 15% Amid Social Distancing, Lockdown

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday issued a statement that country’s internet usage has risen to 15% mainly due to the social distancing practiced by people owing to the country-wide lockdowns imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authority said, “a net increase of around 15% in internet usage was witnessed since last week. The increase has been observed due to increased online activities by businesses and work from home policy adopted by individuals and organizations.”

The PTA claimed that there was sufficient internet capacity available in the country to meet the growing demands of the future. The telecom authority said that they had been closely monitoring the internet usage patterns to ensure that fast & efficient telecom services remain available to the consumers in this difficult time.

“Since 19 March, more than 366 million awareness messages have been sent on PTA’s directions in English, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi & Pashto,” the authority said.

In the ongoing week, country-wide lockdown was imposed by the provincial and federal governments to counter the spread rising spread of coronavirus in the country. On March 13, National Security Committee presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to close all educational institutes in Pakistan till April 5, however on Thursday, the closure date was extended to May 31.

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