Punjab considers reimposition of smart lockdown
The Punjab cabinet committee formed to combat the coronavirus threat in the province has warned that the number of COVID-19 patients and fatalities has been on the rise for the past few days.
The meeting was chaired by Punjab law minister Raja Basharat and attended by health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, trade minister Mian Aslam Iqbal and senior officials from concerned departments.
The gathering was informed that the previous wave of the infection hit Punjab after Sindh — and Karachi — and after a marked improvement, new cases and deaths are again climbing.
The meeting was also apprised that Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib and Gujarat are high risk districts and if people do not strictly abide by precautionary measures, a “smart lockdown may need to be imposed again in coronavirus hotspots.
The committee was told that safety protocols need to be tightened in Punjab, and that the citizens are found flouting the rules, especially at wedding halls and other public places, with no social distancing being observed.
The anti-coronavirus committee decided that the Punjab Health Department will formulate new safety protocols which should be fully implemented and a public awareness campaign should also be launched in this regard.
Raja Basharat said: “We are close to defeating coronavirus, however, people should exhibit responsibility and take the virus situation seriously.”