Punjab Tightens Lockdown as Covid-19 Infections Increase

A rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infections in Punjab has forced the provincial government to further tighten its lockdown to control to spread.

On Tuesday, Punjab reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths, taking the provincial tally to 667, demanding drastic measures from the authorities.

Responding timely, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar announced to shorten the relaxation hours of the lockdown in a press conference on Tuesday. The strategy more or less resembles that of Sindh and will be in effect from today.


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As per Buzdar’s announcement, all grocery and general stores across the province will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. Those violating the lockdown will be strictly dealt with. Medical stores and pharmacies, however, will be exempt from the new timing. Previously, the retailers were allowed to operate until 8 pm.

CM Buzdar said that the government is taking all possible measures to protect the health and life of its citizens.


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In another significant development, Punjab administration sealed the entire Raiwind city after several cases of the deadly virus were diagnosed there. As of now, 27 people have tested positive, while others are being tested. Those affected have been shifted to Kala Shah Kaku and Kasur quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, all shops, general and medical stores have been closed with no one allowed to leave home. The entire city has been declared a quarantine facility. The authorities will mobilize for those in need of ration or other household items.

  • I am happy to say we have it under control and it will go away soon compare ourselves with Europe and USA so situation here is better all due to early preparation even WHO recognized Pakistan effort and said it is right now best in the world.

    • I wish & hope that you are correct,, but many of the potential cases have evaded detection and these are actively spreading the virus, if only more active testing would be done,, it will make things a lot more clear.

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