ISLAMABAD: A smart lockdown has been imposed in the federal capital with authorities deciding to seal certain sectors in the city where coronavirus cases are on the rise.
The lockdown will be effective in Islamabad’s targeted locations from Monday, November 9, according to a notification released by the Islamabad deputy commissioner.
“Subsectors 1-8/3, 1-8/4, G-9/1,G-10/4 and G-6/2 Islamabad are hereby sealed (locked down) w.e.f. 10.00 A.M, 09.11.2020 in larger public interest arid until further orders,” read the notification. “The exemptions to this order include essential services and supplies like pharmacy, patients for medical aid, rationing, drinking water supplies and emergency etc,” it added further. The notification called on local police to cordon off the sub-sectors to ensure the spread of the virus is curbed. “The Sub-Divisional Magistrates Industrial Area, City and Shalimar, ICT Islamabad are hereby directed to execute the orders in their subdivisions and to ensure uninterrupted supply of food/edibles inside the infield sub-sectors,” read the notification. The development came a couple of days after the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government imposed a targeted lockdown in certain areas of Peshawar due to a rise in coronavirus cases. Pakistan has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past couple of months, notable since the country decided to relax business timings, re-open restaurants and schools as well as other educational institutions across the country.
PMA warns of ‘more lethal’ second wave
The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), while appealing to the people to follow the coronavirus SOPS, had warned them against a “more lethal” second wave of the disease, reported Geo News on Saturday.Hailing the government’s decision to impose fines on those not wearing masks in public, the PMA urged the government to take strict action against those not following the COVID-19 SOPs. “The virus has claimed lives of at least eight doctors in the past three weeks, said the PMA in a statement.They also suggested the government organize a mask distribution drive, ensure prices of masks and sanitisers were controlled.The PMA had also sought personal protection equipment for doctors and paramedical staff from the government and demanded the release of funds promised under an already announce package.