Authorities decide to seal subsectors of G-6, 7, 10 & Ghouri Town from tomorrow

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Zubair Qureshi

Federal Capital’s administration and health department have decided to seal a number of subsectors of G-6, G-7 and G-10 and Ghouri Town from tomorrow (Wednesday).
These are G-6/2, G-6/1, G-7/2, G-10/4 and Ghori Town. According to the District Magistrate of Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat, it has been decided to put these subsectors under strict lockdown initially for three days but the decision can be further amended depending on the situation of virus in the these areas.
Out of 101 deaths reported so far, 25 have been reported from these subsectors alone, said Hamza Shafqaat adding, there are more than 40 cases reported from these sectors.
The measure is being taken in the best interests of the residents of Islamabad as earlier lockdown in G-9, I-8 and I-10 subsectors have yielded good results reducing considerably new cases of coronavirus.
Residents of these subsectors have been requested to make planning accordingly, he further said.
Meanwhile, through a notification the district administration has imposed Section 144 in Islamabad prohibiting hoarding or profiteering on any Oxygen supply and related device.
Meanwhile Coronavirus situation is worsening in the capital city of Pakistan where 10,912 cases of confirmed coronavirus (10,662 on Sunday) have been reported with 101 deaths so far.
These statistics in a city of a little more than 1.015 million population pose a huge challenge to the authorities to keep the virus from further spreading.
The number of coronavirus cases in Islamabad is even higher than the total number of COVID-19 infections reported in Balochistan (with 12.35 million population) as the province has reported 9,500 cases of virus so far. In deaths too, Balochistan is almost equal to Islamabad with 102 fatalities to date.
Meanwhile, head of the only hospital of Islamabad Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) that is admitting coronavirus patients in the federal capital tested positive with virus. This prompted the health authorities to review the strategy and conduct tests of the entire staff and health workers of the hospital.
Executive Director of the hospital Dr Ansar Maxood is at present staying at home after his test report came positive. All the 75 beds in isolation ward and the quarantine cerntre established at PIMS have been occupied with coronavirus patients and the PIMS administration is now turning a surgical ward into quarantine centre.