Authorities announce a two-day lockdown in Lahore amid rise in Covid-19 cases

Two-day lockdown

Due to the rising number of covid-19 cases, the Lahore government has decided to call for a two-day lockdown. However, the restrictions that come with the lockdown will not be applicable for the industry that are operating under coronavirus-related standard operating procedures.

On Saturday, the Lahore City District Administration urged people to continue wearing masks, especially at large gatherings, and ensure social distancing protocols that have been set up to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

The city reported more than 14,000 new coronavirus cases and among that 226 people died during the last seven days. One of the officials from the department talked to the dawn and said that it will be a complete lockdown as they will be complete closure of these sectors on Saturday and Sunday.

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The retire Lahore commissioner, Muhammad Usman said, “Only a few retail outlets such as petrol pumps, milk / vegetable / fruit / meat shops and pharmacies are exempted from this two-day lockdown. We can call Saturday and Sunday as closed days.”He clarified that during this lockdown, even mohalla shops are not allowed to open.

Other than that, when it comes to transport, entire intercity/provincial transport will remain closed during this time. The retired commissioner also added that he couldn’t find any improvement  in the last 10-15 days as now the coronavirus situation has reached extreme levels in the country.

The senior official also showed concern about people who continue to ignore Covid-19 guidelines in the nation. “That is why we are taking measures such as lockdowns to stop further spread,” he assured. Lahore DC Mudassir Riaz Malik also explained the Covid-19 situation in the country saying that in all the public hospitals, 2,109 beds are allocated to the covid-19 patients alone. Out of these beds, 1,009 are occupied while all the remaining are lying empty. He also added that the nation’s administration has taken calls to place 59 areas under lockdown during the last 30 days.

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