Over 1m population restricted under smart lockdown: NCOC


KP imposes smart lockdown in selected areas of 10 districts

Staff Reporters


A special meeting at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), chaired by the Minister for Planning Development Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, here on Wednesday was apprised about the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and steps taken to contain it.
The forum was briefed that over a million population was restricted under smart lockdown across the country after trace, test and quarantine (TTQ) Strategy implementation in the high risk areas with large number of corona positive cases.
The forum during the meeting also reviewed the ramp up plan for increasing testing capacity, media communication strategy for next 6 weeks and Epidemic Curve Chart whereas the forum also discussed the arrangements regarding Eid-ul-Azha.
The forum was briefed that during last 24 hours more than 9827 violations of health guidelines/instructions were observed across Pakistan.
According to NCOC, more than 963 markets and shops, 18 industries and 1186 transport vehicles were cautioned, fined sensitized and sealed. It added that basing on test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) strategy, smart lockdown was being observed as follow: Punjab with 904 lockdowns (920,768 population), Sindh with 26 lockdowns (150,513 population), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 572 lockdowns (67,000 population), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) with 29 lockdowns (670,000 population), ICT with 10 lockdowns (60,000 population) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) with 5 lockdowns (15,000 population).
In line with the Prime Minister’s instructions for compliance to health guidelines and instructions particularly working places, industrial sector, transport, markets and shops whereas NCOC daily morning situational brief was in progress. To ensure the implementation of the health guidelines and instructions and preventive measures including wearing of face mask in public as per WHO new guidelines on the subject particular special teams were operating all across the country to ensure that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were being implemented.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has imposed smart lockdown in selected areas of ten districts of the province to contain the spread of coronavirus. According to details, the provincial government took the decision to impose smart lockdown in the wake of surge in coronavirus cases in the said districts. The districts where the smart lockdown implemented include Peshawar, Khyber, Lower Dir, Chitral, Haripur, Mansehra, Mardan, Swabi, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan.