LAHORE: (Web Desk) Punjab government on Monday has decided to seal eight more areas of Lahore in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.
According to details, 96,229 houses and 1.69 million population will be put under lockdown in all blocks of Gulberg (I, II, III), Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Faisal Town, Garden Town and interior Lahore Walled City.
The commissioner office told that 3,613 covid-19 cases have been reported in these localities. Section 144 has also been imposed to force the residents to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Akbari Mandi, Shah Alam Market and grocery stores will remain open while all the shopping malls will be closed.
So far, 1403 cases have been surfaced in DHA, 736 in Gulberg, 659 in Model Town, 188 in Faisal Town, 238 in Garden Town, 212 in Gulshan Ravi and 170 in Walled City.
Meanwhile, Islamabad administration has also decided to seal I-8, I-10, G-9 and Karachi Company areas due to increasing coronavirus cases.
The moves came after Pakistan confirmed 89 deaths in a single day by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 181,088. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 3,590.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 4,471 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.
Sindh has become the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
Till now 69,628 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 66,943 in Punjab, 21,997 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9,475 in Balochistan, 10,912 in Islamabad, 1,288 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 845 in Azad Kashmir.
Furthermore, 1,435 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 1,089 in Sindh, 821 in KP, 102 in Balochistan, 101 in Islamabad, 22 in GB and 20 in Azad Kashmir.
Patients are under treatment at quarantine centers of 462 hospitals where 7,295 beds are available.
Pakistan has so far conducted 1,102,162 coronavirus tests and 30,520 in last 24 hours. 71,458 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.