50 areas in Lahore, 4 in Peshawar sealed after COVID-19 cases rise
Around 50 Lahore neighborhoods have been sealed for two weeks following reports of several cases of coronavirus there.
The areas cover the blocks A, B-1, E, F-2, G , H, J and R of Johar Town, Mustafa Town Canal View, Wapda Town and Phase-II PCSIR.
Also sealed were four sectors in the DHA blocks of Lahore, the Sutlej, Rachna, Nargis and Raza blocks of Allama Iqbal City.
In the next few days thirty more localities in Lahore are expected to be sealed. Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has declared the city an epicenter of coronavirus.
In Faisalabad the minister also recommended sealing 25 areas. Since last Friday Islamabad’s G-9/2 and G-9/3 sectors have been under a smart lockdown.
Peshawar on Monday imposed limits on the district health officer’s advice in four localities. The Deputy Commissioner instructed officials to implement “safe exit and entry” in the Hayatabad phase I sub-area of Ashrafia Colony, University Town, Danishabad and Sector E/2.
No one except those supplying essential commodities will be allowed to enter or exit those areas. All forms of reunions were also banned. Both shops will stay closed, too. This excludes pharmacies, general shops, supplies of food, tandoors, water shops and emergency services.
Three more areas will soon be sealed in Peshawar, six more in Abbottabad, six in Chitral and eleven in Swat.
A “selected” lockdown is also on the cards in some areas of Karachi. Authorities have drafted a proposal to implement smart lockdowns in the districts of Karachi, East , West and Korangi.
The development comes after the town on Tuesday alone recorded 1,854 cases and 30 deaths. District authorities have reported areas where the number of cases is exceptionally high.
Meanwhile no areas have yet been sealed in Balochistan or Azad Kashmir.