COVID-19: Lockdown imposed in several areas of Islamabad

Islamabad: The district administration of the Federal Capital has imposed a ‘mini’ smart lockdown in parts of the city where new coronavirus cases have been reported.

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The health authorities are battling to control the virus spread as in the last three days, some 286 new cases have been reported.

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On Friday, the number of new infections was the highest, 112, in a month. Again, Saturday saw 88 new cases and Sunday was no exception with 86.

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The situation of coronavirus is worsening within a four-week period when the government has decided to open colleges and universities allowing them to resume their activities.

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Compounds, street-wise lockdown

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After recommendation by the District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad, smart lockdown is back in Islamabad and streets of three sectors—G-10/4 (six streets), I-8/2 (two streets) and G-9/4 (two streets) — have been blocked from the entrance and exit points.

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Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat said due to the prevailing situation, authorities were imposing a mini smart lockdown in residential compounds and streets where infections were on the rise.

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He said the step was being taken to prevent the spread of the virus after surveillance revealed that some streets in G-9, G-10 and I-8 were becoming hotspots of the pandemic.

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Positivity rate jumps from below 1 to above 2 per cent

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Minister for Planning & Special Initiative Asad Umar who is also an elected representative of the residents of Islamabad in the National Assembly of Pakistan announced on Sunday that Covid-19 positivity jumped to above 2 percent after remaining below 1 for six weeks.

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The government is imposing mini smart lockdown in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Kashmir, he further announced adding, the authorities have been directed to make sure that all the preventive measures are well in place, said Asad Umar in his tweet. Asad Umar however emphasized the government could not succeed in its endeavors without public cooperation.

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Large public gatherings can unleash second wave

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Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood also cautioned against a second wave of coronavirus. “Many countries are taking measures to control the second wave of corona. We are lucky so far but must take preemptive measures to ensure that disease does not spread and educational institutions remain open,” said the minister warning against large public gatherings which he feared could unleash a second wave.

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12 deaths, 666 new cases

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Overall, Pakistan reported 12 casualties and 666 confirmed cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours.

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With these new additions, the total number of cases in Pakistan stands at 318,932 and deaths 6,570. According to the health ministry’s portal, some 396 recoveries have been reported during the last twenty-four hours.

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During the last one day, more than 28,890 tests were conducted across the country bringing the total number of tests to 3.857845 million.

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