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1,300 coronavirus hotspots sealed across Pakistan after spike in COVID-19 cases

The sealing of high-risk areas comes as Pakistan reports  6,472 new cases in the last 24 hours.

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1,300 coronavirus hotspots sealed across Pakistan after the spike in COVID-19 cases.

The authorities have identified and sealed off coronavirus hotspots to contain the rising trajectory of new infections.

Furthermore, smart lockdowns have been imposed at certain virus hotspots around the country.

The sealing of high-risk areas comes as Pakistan reports  6,472 new cases in the last 24 hours,

This is the country’s highest single-day total reported so far.

Pakistan has reported 132,405 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 2,551 deaths since its first case emerged on Feb 26.

Punjab: A smart lockdown has been imposed in 844 areas.

Sindh: A smart lockdown has been imposed in seven areas.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: A smart lockdown has been imposed in 414 areas.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK): A smart lockdown has been imposed in 12 areas.

Gilgit-Baltistan: A smart lockdown has been imposed in five areas.

Islamabad: Some residential areas were also sealed in the capital, Islamabad, to contain the spread of the virus.

The federal capital administration has also sealed two sub-sectors in G-9 after the number of Covid-19 cases there reached 300.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat said the decision was taken in response to the District Health Office’s recommendation to seal G-9/2 and G-9/3 along with the Sector’s Markaz, commonly known as Karachi Company.

People will not be allowed out of their homes during the lockdown except to buy essentials, Shafqaat had said.

“All activities, including weddings, events, and gatherings, majalis and mosques will be suspended”, he further added.

The police, army, and Rangers have been asked to cordon off these areas in order to ensure public safety and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.