Punjab imposes smart lockdown in virus hotspots


In a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus in the wake of second wave of the pandemic, the Punjab government has imposed smart lockdowns in several areas of six cities across the province.

The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said that smart lockdowns are being imposed only in Covid-19 hotspots.

There will be a restriction on the movement of residents of all affected areas and only one passenger will be allowed to travel in need, Captain (retd) Muhammad Usman, secretary health Punjab, said in the statement.

All types of public gatherings will be strictly banned, while all medical stores, pharmacies, medical stores, laboratories, collection points, hospitals, and clinics will remain operational around the clock. Milk shops, meat shops, and bakeries will remain open from 7am to 7pm. Grocery stores, general stores, fruits and vegetable shops, flour shops, tandoors, and petrol pumps will remain open from 9am to7pm