PESHAWAR: With coronavirus cases and growing deaths in the provincial capital, on Friday, the district administration placed smart lockdowns in seven more regions.
According to the health department, over the last 24 hours, 11 people have died of the virus in the province and 311 have been diagnosed with it in various districts.
In Peshawar, five fatalities were reported, two in Abbottabad and one each in Mardan, Haripur, Kohat and Bannu.
Following Thursday’s declaration of a smart lockdown in nine areas of Peshawar, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ali Asghar limited people’s entry and exit to seven more areas in the capital city in view of the increasing cases of Covid-19.
A district administration note stated that the DC had directed the controlled entry and exit from those locations from 6 p.m. on Friday before further instructions to avoid the spread of coronavirus were read on the advice of the district health officer and in the exercise of the powers conferred under sections 8 and 21 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disease Prevention and Emergency Relief Act, 2020,
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Covid claims 11 lives in province
‘Except for those delivering vital commodities, there can be no general entry or exit from these localities by any citizen and all forms of meetings within these localities are strictly forbidden. All shops other than those with essential utilities (pharmacies, general grocery stores, emergency supply of tandoori drinking water, etc.) shall remain closed within these areas. The congregation of the mosques is reduced to five people only.
“Anyone who contravenes the above instructions shall be liable for proceedings pursuant to Sections 17 and 18 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Epidemic Control & Emergency Relief Ad 2020 and/or Section 33 of the 2010 National Disaster Management Authority Act,” the notice said.
Officials said the local administration closed a street after the outbreak of coronavirus cases and monitored the touch of infected people under the smart lockdown programme being enforced throughout the world.
They said that there was no evidence available to show whether that technique was successful in containing the spread of the virus, but still it was considered a positive move against the virus as opposed to the full lockdown, smart lockdown allowed citizens to resume their normal activities.
In the meantime, the health department report said that Peshawar continued to remain the epicentre of the occurrence of coronavirus as 781 inhabitants of the total 1,596 people who died since its inception had fallen to the virus.
The Covid-19 cases have swelled to 22,250 with 119 new cases, as the cumulative cases in the province hit 56,875 with 311 additional patients, the study said.
The district of Haripur reported 30 more cases, taking the total score of infected individuals to 1,712.
However, Peshawar continues to remain the mainstay of Covid-19, where authorities focus on a smart lockdown policy to deter the spread of the virus.