LAHORE: The Punjab government has devised a new strategy to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as the ‘smart lockdown’ imposed across the province comes to an end at midnight (Tuesday).
A meeting presided by senior provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan and chief secretary Punjab decided to authorise deputy commissioners to seal or reopen their areas areas depending on the number of cases there.
The meeting also reviewed the price and supply mechanism of medicines and the security situation in the province after the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack that took place in Karachi on Monday.
Lockdown in Punjab
Last week, the Punjab government had sealed off Gulshan-e-Ravi, Faisal Town, Gulberg, Model Town, DHA, and Garden Town as part of a smart lockdown strategy across the province.
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid had said that the main reason to seal the aforementioned areas was to halt the surging number of coronavirus cases in the province since the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were being violated in these respective areas.
“Hopefully, if SOPs are implemented in a week, there will be a clear reduction in coronavirus cases,” she maintained, adding that the government is trying its level best to ensure economic activities took place and at the same time, ensure all possible measures were being taken to for the safety of citizens.
Earlier this month, the province had imposed lockdown in several areas to curb the spread of the virus.
The Punjab government had earlier imposed a complete lockdown in some parts of the city. Seven areas of the city — Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Mazang, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Ground, Cantt — were placed under complete lockdown on June 15.
As of today, Punjab recorded more than 75,500 cases and 1,700 deaths.