RAWALPINDI: Punjab government has planned to seal eight more areas of Rawalpindi from tomorrow in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, which has affected more than 5,722 people in the district.
A notification issued by the Rawalpindi district administration said that eight areas in the city will be placed under the ‘smart lockdown’ for 10 days.
Among the areas to be sealed include Bara Market and Nankari Bazaar. Moreover, 30 of the 57 streets of the suburban Rukh Takht Pari area and 27 streets of Morgan will be sealed off.
Other areas which will be sealed include 18 streets of Gulzar-e-Quaid, 11 streets off Khayban-e-Sir Syed, 10 streets of Dhoke Ali Akbar, and 14 streets of Kota Kalan.
Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Captain (retired) Anwarul Haq said that the smart lockdown is being imposed in these areas to limit the spread of the virus. The movement of locals will be restricted while businesses – except those which deal in essential commodities – will be closed, the statement read.
It is worth mentioning here, that some 22 areas of the garrison city are already under the smart lockdown which is expected to remain in effect until 9:00 pm on June 30.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus cases in Rawalpindi continue to rise. The district health officials said that they recorded 64 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the city to 5,722. A total of 2,955 patients in the hospitals and quarantine centers of the city have recovered from the virus.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has swelled to 206,512 in Pakistan, while the death toll stands at 4,167.
According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 3,557 cases of coronavirus were reported while 49 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.
As many as 95,407 patients have recovered from the disease, while the country is still witnessing a consistent rise in the COVID-19 cases. As per details, 21 percent of the cases have foreign travel history while 79 percent of the cases are reported to be locally transmitted.