Major cities of Pakistan undergo COVID-19 “smart lockdown”

Different areas in major cities of Pakistan have started going into smart lockdown on Tuesday after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued a list of 20 cities that are diagnosed as coronavirus hotspots across the country.

Part of Islamabad and Peshawar have been sealed while major areas of Lahore are set to be smart lockdown by midnight.

Different areas were identified as hotspots like in Swat location like Bahrain, Matta, Babuzai, Kabal, Barikot, Khariri, Gwalerai and Odigram were found as hotspots. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department found out UC Qambar, Saeedoshareef, Breekot Gharbi, Kozabandi and Madin as hotspots.

In Peshawar four areas which Ahsrafi Colony, Channa Road, Danishabad and Hayatabad were diagnosed as coronavirus hotspots were sealed, they had their incoming and outgoing pathways sealed as well.

Police have been deployed in these areas and grocery stores and medical stores are open for consumers.

According to a statement released by NCOC on Monday “A total of 20 cities across Pakistan have been identified as having likely increase in ratio/speed of infection which needs restrictive measures for containment.”

In Islamabad, authorities have already sealed G-9/2 AND G-9/3 for having over 300 cases. While I-8, I-10, Ghauri Town, Bharakhau, G6 and g7 are being monitored according to the NCOC.

The cities NCOC told are coronavirus hotspots include Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Swat, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Sialkot, Gujarat, Ghotki, Larkana, Khairpur, DG Khan, Malakand and Mardan.

The NCOC also shared the TTQ strategy to analyze disease spread focused hotspots to enable targeted smart lockdown and need to be driven resource optimized at all levels.

Punjab govt lockdown some areas of Lahore

In a press conference on Monday, provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid disclosed that a complete lockdown will be enforced in some areas of Lahore dude to increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

She said “Many areas of Lahore will be on complete lockdown from 12 am onwards (Tuesday). She added that the areas that will have lockdown include Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Mazang, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Ground, Cantt.

At the same time some areas in Gulberg will also be locked down and some societies in Lahore’s Iqbal Town.
She also said “Food stores and pharmacies will remain open in these areas” adding that these will be in lockdown for at least two weeks and will be reopened after assessing the situation.

Hotspots in Karachi

In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner Karachi West, District Health Officer Dr Shafique Ahmed analysed 16 union councils in Karachi West where lockdown should be enforced.
Places include Gadao, Baldia, Kemari, SITE and Orangi.

Areas analysed include UC-5 Songal which includes Gulshan Maymar, Khuda Ki Basti. UC-6 Maymarabad which includes Surjani Sector L1,5C,5D,5B,5C,7A.

In Kemari UC-1 Bhutta Village which includes Saeedabad Masjid Road and Umer Khan Road, UC-2 Sultanabad which includes Habib Public School Street and UC-3 Kemari which include Docks and Majeed Colony.

In Baldia UC-3 Islama Nagar which includes Naval Colony, UC-4 Naiabadi which include sectors 4C and 8B, UC-5 Saeedabad which include Area 5G, 5J and A3. UC-6 Muslim Mujahid which includes Afridi Colony and UC-7 which include Mujahir Camp and Kokan Colony.

In SITE UC-4 Metroville’s entire areas have been analysed as a hotspot while UC-6 Frontier Colony’s sector 4 and 5 are also hotspots. In UC-7 Banaras, Islamia and Subhani Muhalla are hotspots.

In Orangi, UC-6 Ghaziabad’s Christian Colony, UC-11 Data Nagar’s area 7A/B sector 8 and UC-12 Mujahid Colony’s Milatabad, Gulfamaad Aligarh Coloney have been analyzed as coronavirus hotspots.

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