Micro-smart lockdown imposed in three cities of Punjab

By: News Desk      Published: 03:52 PM, 23 Aug, 2020
Micro-smart lockdown imposed in three cities of Punjab
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The Punjab government has adopted a micro-smart lockdown strategy and imposed it in three cities of the province including 12 areas in Lahore comprising 19,538 people in the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

The Punjab government said as per the micro smart lockdown, wherever COVID-19 virus will be found houses will be sealed with police deployment.

In micro-smart lockdown strategy, 947 persons of Rawalpindi have been placed under lockdown in three areas where seven COVID-19 positive cases were reported. 

As many as 53 persons were placed under lockdown in two areas of Gujranwala also where COVID-19 positive cases were reported. 

The TV channel reported that police will remain on duty during the time period of the lockdown. 

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar Sunday said that the provincial government conducted 60,000 random sampling and only 57 tests came back positive that is 0.16 percent. 

“People still need to adopt precautionary measures in order to contain the virus,” he added.

The authorities throughout Pakistan are taking no chances as the coronavirus is on retreat. Only four people died of the Covid-19 in Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Saturday) taking the total number of fatalities from the deadly infection to 6,235.

There was no death recorded in Punjab, Balochistan, Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Two deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one each in Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan during the last 24 hours (Saturday). 

According to the latest data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre early Sunday, the number of people affected by the coronavirus during the last 24 hours was 591 taking the total to 292,765 in Pakistan.

The number of cases is receding in Pakistan contrary to the global trend with the United States, Brazil and India leading the rise in fatalities.

On August 11 last, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had for the first time spokes about the micro-smart lockdowns. He had said that Pakistan after successfully implementing the “Smart Lockdown” policy in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that was praised by the world community was now moving towards “Micro Lockdowns”.

“Micro Lockdown is like imposing lockdown on a few co-located houses to a small street or a multi-storey building,” Asad Umar said, while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.

Asad Umar said Pakistan has around 7,000 active cases right now and the NCOC was planning to urge all these people to isolate themselves at their homes using the micro lockdown.

Asad Umar said the most important factor in the reduction of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has-been the prudent behaviour and cooperation extended by the citizens with unprecedented media support.

The planning minister said it would be wrong to think that the coronavirus has been eliminated as the nation has to be more vigilant to stem the virus.  

He said Pakistan had intensified the smart lockdown in June and took all possible measures to control the pandemic. Asad Umar said with the help of contact tracing technique, the NCOC was able to trace 1.1 million people and in which 10.5 percent came out with confirmed coronavirus cases.

Citing the regional outlook, Asad Umar said that Pakistan is at the lowest in the region with average 0.15 in terms of deaths due to the deadly COVID-19 while Iran stands at highest deaths per million and India is around 0.5 to 0.7. 

During the press conference, Asad Umar explained that smart lockdowns policy went successful.