LAHORE: A “smart” lockdown imposed within the provincial capital’s numerous coronavirus hotspots has been prolonged until July 15, a notification issued Tuesday by the Punjab authorities’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department learn.
According to the notification, the federal government of Punjab “is pleased to extend the applicability of the order […] dated 15.06.2020 till 12:00am Wednesday, 15.07.2020, unless modified otherwise”.
Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Secretary Capt (r) Muhammad Usman stated the notification can be efficient instantly and can be relevant for areas recognized within the June 15 order. These embrace Shahdra, Mazang, Shad Bagh, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Town, Cantt, Allama Iqbal Town, and Gulberg.
The following restrictions/exemptions have been notified:
- Educational establishments, wedding ceremony halls, eating places, parks and cinema halls will stay closed
- Gathering for social, spiritual or sports activities actions won’t be allowed
- All enterprise places can be open Monday via Friday from 9am to 7pm
- Medical shops, tire puncture outlets, naan outlets, workshops pertaining to the agriculture sector, can be allowed to be stay open 24 hours a day
- Call centres can be allowed to stay open with 50% employees
- Inter-district transport can be allowed 24 hours a day
- Grocery shops can be open all week, from 9am to 7pm
- All church buildings can be open for worship solely on Sundays from 7am to 5pm
Earlier within the day, it was reported that the Punjab authorities has devised a “new strategy” to stem the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A gathering presided by senior provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan and chief secretary Punjab determined to authorise deputy commissioners to seal or reopen their areas areas relying on the variety of circumstances there.
The assembly additionally reviewed the value and provide mechanism of medicines and the safety scenario within the province after the Pakistan Stock Exchange assault that happened in Karachi on Monday.
‘Smart’ lockdown imposed in Lahore
The “smart” lockdown was introduced on June 15 in Lahore and was because of come to an finish at midnight tonight.
At the time of its imposition, the Punjab authorities had famous that “there has been an increase in the number of pandemic coronavirus cases in the province on Punjab as well as in Pakistan which poses a serious and imminent threat to public health and public order”.
It was due to this fact ordered that there shall be “controlled entry and exit” in areas of district Lahore recognized as hotspots.
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid had stated that the primary cause to seal the areas was to halt the surging variety of coronavirus circumstances within the province since the usual working procedures (SOPs) have been being violated in these respective areas.
“Hopefully, if SOPs are implemented in a week, there will be a clear reduction in coronavirus cases,” she stated, including that the federal government is making an attempt its greatest to make sure financial actions happen and on the similar time, guarantee all potential measures are taken to for the protection of residents.
Later, on June 24, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Faisal Town, Gulberg, Model Town, DHA, and Garden Town have been additionally cordoned off.
As of as we speak, Punjab has recorded greater than 75,500 circumstances and 1,700 deaths.