NCOC declares 20 cities as COVID-19 hotspots

Published: 03:09 PM, 15 Jun, 2020
NCOC declares 20 cities as COVID-19 hotspots
Caption: Rag-pickers, without any protection gear, walk through a street in Lahore. AFP
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The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) through The test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) strategy Monday identified Top 20 cities across Pakistan with potential COVID-19 hotspots/ clusters.

In line with PM announcement of containment of COVID-19 through smart lockdown strategy, the NCOC undertook a comprehensive review of potential COVID clusters & hotspots across Pakistan.

A total of 20 cities across Pakistan have been identified as having likely increase in ratio / speed of infection which needs restrictive measures for containment of COVID-19. The same is being shared with provinces by the NCOC.

In Islamabad: G-9/2 and G-9/3 had more than 300 cases and were sealed along with Karachi Company.

Following are the new Hotspots in Islamabad which are being monitored and might be sealed including: I-8, I-10, Ghauri Town, Bharakhau , G6 & G7

Various cities which have increase infection cases and have been identified by the NCOC for necessary restrictive measures which include:

PUNJAB: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranawala, Sialkot, Gujarat, DG Khan

SINDH: Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Ghotki, Larakana, Khairpur

KPK: Peshawar, Swat, Malakand, Mardan


It’s worth mentioning that TTQ is aimed at identifying disease spread, focused clusters/hotspots to enable targeted lockdowns and need-driven resource optimisation at all levels. The TTQ strategy has been formulated to keep the spread of the disease in check while different sectors open up.

The TTQ strategy involves ramping up of testing, rapidly tracing the contacts of confirmed positive cases, and effective quarantining of positive and suspected cases.

NCOC was briefed in detail about operationalisation of additional oxygenated beds & vents including procurement of these critical healthcare equipment by NDMA as announced by PM. A total of 2150 additional oxygenated beds will be functional by End July to meet additional requirement. 1000 oxygenated beds will be functional by end June and another 1150 oxygenated beds by end July.

Punjab government has already announced to seal parts of provincial capitals identified as coronavirus hotspots and same strategy could have also been applied in the coming days to these cities as well.


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