Coronavirus: 16 areas of Lahore put under smart lockdown

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Lahore: Following the surge in coronavirus cases, the local government in Lahore has decided to implement smart lockdowns on another 16 areas.

A notice issued by the Punjab Province’s primary and secondary health care department stated that the city’s positive rate of Covid-19 cases has been increasing, which is a serious threat to public health.

According to notification, smart lockdown has been imposed in five area in Cantt, two localities of Data Ganj Bakhsh Twon, three areas of Nishtar Town, four neighborhoods of Samanabad Twon and one locality each in Shalimar Town and Wagah Town.

The district administration also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure implementation on the smart lockdowns. Under these SOPs, all markets, shopping malls, restaurants, offices (public and private) in these areas would remain closed.

There shall be a complete ban on movement of people to and from these affected areas while public and private transport will also remain suspended in these areas.

All grocery stores, fruit and vegetable stores, gates and gas pumps in hotspots will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. Milk and meat shops are allowed to open from 7 am to 7 pm. Medical stores, laboratories, clinics and hospitals in these areas will remain open 24 hours.

At the same time, Pakistan reported 54 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 600,198. Last Friday, the death toll across the country jumped to 13,430.

According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 2,701 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Most numbers of casualties have been reported in Punjab.

Till now 260,661 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 182,576 in Punjab, 75,052 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,171 in Balochistan, 46,963 in Islamabad, 10,816 in Azad Kashmir and 4,959 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore, 5,698 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 4,452 in Sindh, 2,138 in KP, 202 in Balochistan, 520 in Islamabad, 317 in Azad Kashmir and 103 in GB.

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