Seven major areas of Lahore to be sealed

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Lahore: Punjab government is considering to seal seven more areas of Lahore in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The recommendations to seal more areas of Lahore surfaced after Pakistan confirmed 89 deaths in a single day by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 181,088. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 3,590.

According to details, all blocks of Gulberg (I, II, III), Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Faisal Town, Garden Town and interior Lahore Walled City will be put under lockdown.

The authorities said that 3,613 covid-19 cases have been reported in these localities. Section 144 has also been imposed to force the residents to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Medical and grocery stores will remain open in these areas while all the shopping malls will be closed.

The officials further said that the health department, district administration and home department will take final decision over sealing these areas completely. There would be a complete ban on transportation and business in the sealed areas.

Lahore is the worst affected city in Punjab and is the second worst affected city after Sindh’s Karachi. The move also comes in the backdrop of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation for enforcing a strict two-week lockdown in Punjab as the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow in the province.

It is pertinent to remember that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surged to 181,088 in Pakistan on Monday, while the death toll stands at 3590.

According to National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 4,471 cases of coronavirus were reported while 89 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.

As many as 71,458 patients have recovered from the disease, while the country is still witnessing a consistent rise in the COVID-19 cases.

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