COVID-19: Punjab to impose lockdown in various areas of Lahore

COVID-19: Punjab to impose lockdown in various areas of Lahore

Lahore (Staff Report/Agencies): Punjab government has announced to impose a two-week lockdown in various areas of Lahore from 12AM tomorrow (Tuesday).

Addressing a press conference, provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid announced that a two-week lockdown will be imposed in certain areas of Lahore from midnight tomorrow (Tuesday).

“Food stores and pharmacies will remain open in these areas,” clarified the minister, adding that the areas will undergo a complete lockdown for at least two weeks. She added that these areas will be reopened after t the situation is assessed.

These areas include Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Mazang, Harbanspura, Walled City, Nishtar Town, some areas in Gulberg and Allama Iqbal Town.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Monday rose to 144,478 after 5,248 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours.

Overall, 54,138 cases were reported in Punjab, 53,805 in Sindh, 18,013 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 8,177 in Balochistan, 8,569 in Islamabad, 1,129 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 647 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 2,729 with 97 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 53,721 patients have fully recovered from the disease.