Major cities of Pakistan undergo COVID-19 ‘smart lockdown’


Islamabad, 16 June 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:

Areas in major cities in Pakistan underwent a ‘smart lockdown’ on Tuesday after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued a list of 20 cities identified as coronavirus hotspots across the country.

Areas identified in Swat include Bahrain, Matta, Babuzai, Kabal, Barikot, Khariri, Gwalerai and Odigram.

Other tehsils identified by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department include UC Qambar, Saeedoshareef, Breekot Gharbi, Quetta Sharki, Kozabandi and Madin.

In Peshawar, the four areas that have identified as coronavirus hotspots were sealed with both outgoing and incoming ways sealed. Lockdown has been imposed in Ahsrafia Colony, Channa Road, Danishabad and Hayatabad in Phase 1/Sector E-1.

Similarly, in Sindh’s Ghotki, four areas have been sealed and section 188 imposed after it was identified as one of the areas.

In Islamabad, authorities have already sealed G-9/2 and G-9/3 for having over 300 cases. While I-8, I-10, Ghauri Town, Bharakhau, G6 and G7 were being monitored, the NCOC had said.

The other cities identified by the NCOC are Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Swat, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Sialkot, Gujarat, Ghotki, Larkana, Khairpur, DG Khan, Malakand and Mardan.

in a letter to Deputy Commissioner Karachi West, District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Shafique Ahmad identified 16 union councils in Karachi’s West where smart lockdown should be imposed.

Towns include Gadao, Baldia, Kemari, SITE and Orangi.

Areas identified include, UC-5 Songal which includes Gulshan Maymar, Khuda ki Basti. UC-6 Maymarabad which includes Surjani sector – L1,5C,5D,4B,4C,7A.