Virus hotspots identified across 20 cities

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In the last 24 hours, Pakis­tan recorded the highest number of – 120, fatalities and 4,634 Covid-19 cases, the government identified 20 cities that have been the potential Covid-19 hotspots/clusters where strict measures are needed to control the spread of virus, following the prime minister’s smart lockdown policy.

The national tally of cases and fatalities reached to 146,863 and 2,783 respectively.

It’s stated, “A total of 20 cities across Pakistan have been identified as having likely increased in ratio/speed of infection which needs restrictive measures for containment of Covid-19 and names have been shared with the provinces”.

This is the breakdown of the 20 cities, that are identified; 

  • 6 are in Sindh (Karachi, Sukkur, Ghotki, Larkana, Hyderabad, and Khairpur), 
  • 9 in Punjab (Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Gujarat, Multan, Gujranwala, and Dera Ghazi Khan), 
  • 4 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar, Malakand, Swat, and Mardan), and
  • 1 in Balochistan (Quetta).

To contain the spread of the disease and keeping different businesses open, the government has developed a TTQ (Tracing, Testing and Quarantine) strategy, aiming to identifying disease spread and clusters/hotspots to activate targeted lockdowns and need-driven resource optimization in such areas.

It’s added, “In Islamabad, Sectors G-9/2 and G-9/3 had more than 300 cases and were sealed along with Karachi Company due to which 50,000 people would be affected. The new hotspots in Islamabad which are being monitored and might be sealed include I-8, I-10, Ghauri Town, Bhara Kahu, G-6 and G-7”.

Muzaffarabad, AJK’s capital city has been completely shut as 200,000 cases has been reported so far.

In Lahore, some areas of cantonment, Gulberg Town, Wagah, Allama Iqbal Town, Nishter Zone, Data Ganj Bakhsh, Samanabad Zone, and Ravi Town may also be sealed, whereas, Peshawar’s Ashrafia Colony, Danish Abad, parts of University Town, and Sector E-2 in Hayatabad Phase-I have already been closed.

Reportedly, in the last 24 hours, more than 10,557 – 4,929 in Punjab, 3,878 in KPK, 589 in AJK, 128 in GB, and 21 in the federal capital – violations of health guidelines/instructions were observed; however 1,252 markets/shops, 1,148 transports, and 12 industries were fined/cautioned/sensitized/sealed.

According to Dr. Mirza, “After announcing the lockdown, contact tracing is done to find the cases and isolate them. Once the area is disinfected and contacts are traced, the lockdown would be lifted”.

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