LAHORE/KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Over 10 localities in Lahore have been Saturday put under lockdown after a increase in the amount of all COVID-19 cases. As stated by the district administration, Bhatta Chowk, Sikandria Colony, Mughalpura, China Scheme and Shahdara in few areas of Saddar were placed under complete lockdown, while many areas in Rustam Park and Gulshane-Ravi were put under lockdown.
It’s pertinent to mention here that Lahore is one of the worst affected area in the province and the provincial authorities have taken steps, including lockdown and testing that is massive, to discover hotspots that are coronavirus . The movement to impose lockdown in regions that were Lahore came after 11 union councils in Karachi were completely locked down to contain additional spread of the novel coronavirus.
The police and Rangers told to make sure people remain within the marked regions that were off. In Karachi, earlier in the day Deputy Commissioner East Ahmed Ali issued directives for sealing UC-9 Jacob Line, UC-7 Dalmia, UC-8 Jamali Colony, UC-9 Gulshan-II, UC-10 Pehalwan Goth, UC-6 Gillani Railways and UC — 10 Jamshaid Quarters. That the Sindh government backed down on its decision.
At a late night development, Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah said the authorities won’t seal entire union councils, instead”only those specific areas where cases are documented will be sealed”. “It will cause great inconvenience to the people if such big areas are completely closed off,” he explained. Earlier in the afternoon, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah issued a stark warning over threatening pace of growth of coronavirus instances in the province by demonstrating death of at least six individuals during last 24 hours in Sindh, the maximum amount of deaths in one day from the province.
He went on to state that during the previous 24 hours that an alarming 104 brand new coronavirus instances, or 20 percent, have been detected in the province that’s the highest average across the world. “This is a worrisome scenario and its answer lies in social distancing and observing that the lockdown in true correspondence in soul.” The ministry said that during last 24 hours (Friday to Saturday 8am) 531 new samples were tested, of these 104 examined positive. “This is 20 percent of the total tested cases which is greatest average of positive cases in the world,” he added and said now we’ve 1,318 positive instances in the province. Shah said that six patients expired until Thursday and also 28 has been attained to by the amount of patients who have died so far.
“The death ratio has gone up to 2.1 per cent,” he explained. The chief minister said that alarming growth coronavirus instances would determine how we direct our lives from now onwards. “For me, the choice is restricted to lockdown, and today just a couple more days are left for the current lockdown to complete and most of us must observe it from your real letter and spirit,” he added and said even in post-lockdown period it’s critical that individuals guarantee social bookmarking at work places, at homes as well as in buses.
The chief minister said that the continuing lockdown was taken lightly due to which the number of cases in the city and districts have begun to increase. ‘I have arranged to further tighten the lockdown in Malir and other areas where more cases are diagnosed,” he added and said”this is quite serious matter and we would have to take it seriously.” Opposing any extension in the lockdown, which will be set to remain in force until April 14, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail has said it wasn’t appropriate as individuals were facing issues, to prolong the lockdown after the above mentioned date. The PTI leader said he was receiving complaints from the public.
Together with the government having expanded the lockdown until April 14, the state has been observing a strict lockdown because the middle of March. Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said lockdown rules could be revised April 14, paving way, last week. In a televised briefing, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said Pakistan was seeing a sharp gain in the amount of COVID-19 patients requiring ventilator. From no more than 8 patients on ventilators weekly ago, there are currently 50 critical patients on life support in various parts of Pakistan,”I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for us to act responsibly and to comply with social distancing restrictions.
It will be a huge error to become carefree merely because there has not been as eloquent an increase in the amount of cases and deaths in Pakistan as anticipated,” Dr. Zafar Mirza forewarned. The numbers could increase if restrictions clamped by the provincial and national authorities were not strictly adhered to in the collective and individual levels. Acknowledging the snags witnessed in some provinces, he said, the process was progressing easily with town administrations’ support. Dr. Zafar stated to contribute their share Ehsaas, Serena Hotel and HBL had established’Jazba-e-Khidmat,’ a joint initiative under which the two will offer free lunches and dinners for all doctors, nurses, paramedics, and staff attending to Coronavirus patients in 20 hospitals across seven associations using Serena Hotel branches. The service will initially be supplied together with possibilities of extension as the situation evolves, for a month.
Asad Umer moved on to share progress concerning source of equipment for identification of Coronavirus protection of workers, and therapy of patients that were supported. He explained, 75,000 N-95 masks 1,700,000 surgical masks , dresses, gloves that were 650,000 , 137,000 surgical caps, and 10,000 face guards have so far been dispatched to hospitals throughout the nation by NDMA. In regards to equipment, Asad Umer stated, 14 PCR machines had been procured, and 27 laboratories had the capability to diagnose coronavirus.
Testing response kits which may perform up to 100,000 tests were obtained in Karachi a day and are currently being verified. Asad Umer added that by 3,000 tests every day, Pakistan’s goal is to acquire the capability to perform 25,000 evaluations every day at the end of April. “We are aiming at a 300% growth in capacity through procurement of machines and testing kits,” he said, adding that a full-time team had been included in the National Control and Operations Centre to make this happen in coordination with the provinces and labs.
He said a proactive sampling method for identification, tracking and analyzing of connections, and set of samples, among other facets, was being pilot tested in a couple of districts of each province, as well as at Islamabad, to determine the spread of this virus in target groups like industrial workers. This will make it possible for the authorities to have evidence-based data on the danger involved in progressively opening one sector after the other.
“The outcomes of the pilot project will provide a clearer image of the way ahead,” he claimed. Sharing information on the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s market, Asad Umer reported that a one-third decline (equal to Rs1,500 billion spread over a year) in revenue collection ever since the outbreak. As March there has been a 9 percent growth in foreign exchange earnings, he shared.
The minister said, another meeting of the National Coordination Committee would be convened together with the PM at the chair, on Monday, to decide about the upcoming steps to be taken after April 14. Dr. Zafar shared national and international data representing the scale of the pandemic. Back in Pakistan, 5,036 people acquired the disease, together with Punjab reporting 2,425 instances, followed by Sindh 1,318, KP 697, Balochistan 228, Gilgit-Baltistan 216, Islamabad 118, and AJK 34 until the filing of report at 12:59pm. As numerous as 762 verified patients have recovered, their own lives have been lost by 86, and 17,393 are in quarantines. A total of 57,836 evaluations are conducted, he informed. Of 86 deaths, 31 died in 28 at Sindh Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21 at Punjab, two in Balochistan, 3 at Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad Capital Territory 1. Meanwhile, six people tested positive, increasing the amount of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 60 in district on Saturday. According to Deputy Commissioner Saqib Raza Aslam, a total 60 persons had reported positive for the corona test so far, while the outcomes of 30 individuals were declared negative. He explained one each from Kanju and Charbagh areas, two contaminated patients, had recovered from the illness that was deadly. Before, he said the coronavirus had been defeated by others and shipped home.