Under its smart lockdown strategy, the government sealed various parts of Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan as the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the cities have risen in the last few days.
Following areas of Lahore have been sealed: New Muslim Town; Raza, Sikandar and Umar blocks of Iqbal Town; certain blocks in Garden Town; Cavalary Ground; DHA Phase 1 (AA Block); DHA Phase 6 (L Sector, A Sector); Askari 11; Anarkali; Mozang; Shadman and certain parts of Gulshan-i-Ravi
Meanwhile, in Rawalpindi, the government has announced lockdowns in Fauji Foundation University, New Lalazar; Government Girls High School, Kahuta; satellite town and Abbasi abad.
In Multan, Naqshband Colony; Gulgasht Colony/ Khairabad; Mepco Colony; Khwajabad/ Multan Kacheri and Sadat Colony have been sealed in a bid to contain the virus.
The notifications announcing the ban on all activity in these said that the markets, shopping malls, restaurants and offices in these areas would remain closed while movement would be restricted and all public gatherings hereafter banned.
It further added that the area’s grocery stores, fruit and vegetable shops, tandoors and petrol pumps would be allowed to remain open between 9am and 7pm on all days of the week.
Meanwhile, milk shops, fish and meat shops, and bakeries would be allowed to open from 7am to 7pm. On other hand, all medical services, including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies would remain open 24 hours a day, the notification said.
The announcement for partial lockdowns comes on the heels of Punjab reporting around 400 daily cases on Tuesday for the first time since July. The government’s official Covid-19 infections portal shows that the country’s largest province has recorded 407 infections in the previous day.
The province’s total tally now stands at 107,329 cases.