Lahore: The Punjab Health Department imposed Smart Lockdown in 55 areas of Lahore,on Tuesday, due to rapid increase in Covid-19 cases.
The Punjab Health Department told in Punjab apex committee’s meeting that the corona virus cases are increasing at the same rate as it was in the month of June in the Punjab province.
The Punjab Health Department told earlier that,”There had been a constant increase in the positivity percentage and prevalence of Covid-19 in Punjab during last two weeks which poses a serious and imminent threat to public health”.
There will be controlled entry and exit in 55 area in Lahore mainly in Data Gunk Baksh Town, Shalimar Town and Allama Iqbal Town from 21st December.
“The rest of Lahore shall remain open in compliance with the health department’s order dated October 30, 2020,” was added in the notification.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is boosting it’s next anti-government rally campaign on December 13 on Sunday.
The Health Department told that all the markets, shopping centres, restaurants and both public and private offices will remain closed till further notification.
“There shall be a complete ban on movement of people to and from these areas by public and private transport except for limited movement of one person per vehicle to and from the exempted facilities.”
“There shall also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private throughout these areas,” the notification added.
The medical services, pharmacies, laboratories, clinics, hospitals, petrol pumps, vegetable shops and the grocery stores and tandoors will be allowed to work 7 days from 9am to 7pm.
The milk shops and the meat shops will be allowed to work from 7am to 7pm seven days a week.
Lahore has almost half of the total Punjab’s corona infections of about 60,755 in a total of 124,191 infections from the starting of the pandemic. There were 149 cases and 13 deaths recorder yesterday in Lahore on 7 December. 3,218 people have died in the Punjab province till the pandemic started.
Sindh and Punjab reported 41 deaths and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported six deaths and in Azad and Jammu Kashmir one death was confirmed by the authorities.