Capital admin decides to impose complete lockdown in four areas

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Gatherings prohibited in graveyards during Shab-e-Baraat


Zubair Qureshi

The district administration of the Islamabad Capital Territory Authority (ICT) in view of increasing number of Covid-19 cases has decided to renew restrictions and impose lockdown in the coronavirus hot spots.

According to a notification issued in the light of the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) four areas—Defence Housing Authority Phase-II, Swan Garden, PWD Colony and Bhara Kahu— would come under complete lockdown immediately.

On the other hand smart lockdown would be imposed in some areas—streets and subsectors of the Sector G-6, G-8 and G-10— of the capital.

According to the notification issued on Sunday, there will be a complete ban on indoor or outdoor marriage ceremonies from April 1,2021.

Besides, there are complete ban on sports tournament, social activities, seminars and religious ceremonies. In the upcoming Shab-e-Baraat, the notification further says.

According to the Federal Directorate of Education the Education Ministry has directed there would be no exams nor any education-related activity in the educational institutions in the schools, colleges that come under its jurisdic-
tion.

A separate decision will be taken on inter-city and inter-provincial transport, it further says.

Meanwhile, according to the District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia Islamabad reported a slightly lower number of daily cases, 538, than 709 a day earlier.

Two deaths in the last twenty-four hours took the total number of fatalities in the federal capital to 559.

According to the District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Zaeem Zia, the positivity rate of Covid cases was recorded at 8.32 per cent.

As far as occupancy of ventilators is concerned in the federal capital’s hospitals, 56 ventilators are currently occupied by patients of Covid-19, he said.

A team of the health office is evaluating these areas by applying the indicators to decide which areas have to be put under smart lockdown, said the Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat.

The situation has become serious and now we are left with no other option but to take strict measures and action against violators of SOPs to prevent further spread of the virus,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner meanwhile, shared on the social media he and both his parents had tested negative after they were infected with Covid-19 some two weeks back.

By the grace of Almighty and because of the prayers of all his friends and well-wishers, he
said.

“Me and my parents have tested negative for Covid Alhamdilolillah. Jazak Allah for all the prayers.

Starting a massive campaign for controlling covid in Islamabad from right now,” said the Deputy Commissioner Shafqaat in his post on social media.