Smart lockdown imposed in Peshawar areas after spike in Covid cases

By: News Desk      Published: 03:55 PM, 7 Mar, 2021
Smart lockdown imposed in Peshawar areas after spike in Covid cases
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The Peshawar district administration has imposed a smart lockdown in four different areas of the provincial capital after a spike in coronavirus cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

According to a statement issued by the District Administration of Peshawar on Sunday, smart lockdown was ordered in Peshawar Cantt Street No. 5 Phase 4, Hayatabad Phase 7 Street No. 10 and No 02 (sector E-VI) and Street no 5 in Muslimabad Kakshal University Town Peshawar from 6pm Sunday (today). 

Only groceries, pharmacies, general stores, ovens and emergency service shops will remain opened in these areas. Only five people will be allowed to pray in the congregation in mosques.

The statement added that these areas would be closed to traffic during the micro-smart lockdown. 

The notification reads, “No general entry or exit to this locality by any person, except those supplying essential commodities, shall be allowed. All types of gatherings within these localities are strictly prohibited. All shops other than those of essential services (pharmacies. general stores, food supplies. tandoors, drinking water supplies. emergency shall remain closed within these localities.”

As per the notification congregation in mosques shall be restricted to five persons only. 

The concerned Magistrates-in-Charge, and Divisional/Sub-Divisional Police Officers to ensure the implementation of this order. 

As per the smart lockdown policy, the District Health Officer (DHO) will ensure provision of health services in these localities.  And anyone contravening the above directions shall render himself liable to be proceeded against under Sections 17 and 18 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Epidemic Control 8 Emergency Relief Act 2020, and/or Section 33 of the National Disaster Management Authority Act, 2010. 

 Vaccine jabs for older people from March 10

Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar announced that the vaccination of people of 60 years and older will start from Wednesday (March 10). 

In a tweet, Asad Umar said, “Vaccinations will be done in reverse order by age, which means the oldest person who has registered will be vaccinated first. Full details will be issued tomorrow.”

Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan has raised alarm about the spike in coronavirus cases throughout the country.

In a couple of tweets, Faisal Sultan warned that Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations are increasing across Pakistan once again.

He maintained “The decline seen over the past two months is clearly reversing as the positivity ratio has gone up from 3.31 percent to 4.16 percent within a week.”