Micro Smart Lockdowns in Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi from Sunday Night

ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): The Punjab government has imposed ‘micro smart lockdowns’ for 14 days in Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi starting from Sunday night, a private news channel reported.

The entry and exit points in 19 areas of Lahore, two in Gujranwala and three in Rawalpindi will be restricted and patrolled by the police, according to the health department.

Specific households where COVID-19 cases have been reported, small neighbourhoods and building complexes will be sealed. The decision was taken after an increase in cases was noted in the areas.

Around 19,538 residents of Lahore, 947 of Rawalpindi and 53 of Gujranwala will be under lockdown. Police have been given the responsibility to make sure strict implementation of lockdown in the said areas.

Punjab has so far reported more than 96,000 confirmed cases of the virus. The federal government has prepared Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the micro smart lockdowns. Under these SOPs, only shops or houses with a coronavirus patient would be locked down. The whole area or the shopping mall would not have to be sealed.

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