‘Coronovirus sensitive areas of Karachi will be closed from Thursday’

KARACHI: Coronavirus hotspots in Pakistan’s financial capital were scheduled to begin on Thursday, the city commissioner said late Wednesday.

In an update, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalwani said that it has been decided to close the sensitive areas of the metropolis by 7 pm on Thursday evening. The move comes in light of a report by Deputy Commissioner Karachi that has determined the coronavirus hotspot.

Shalvani will soon issue a notification with details of the areas in which the areas will be closed to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Any movement in restricted hotspot areas will be restricted during lockdown, the update noted.

A day earlier, the Deputy Commissioners of three districts of Karachi identified the hotspot.

The closure of all 43 Union Councils in the West, East and Korangi districts was recommended.

Coronovirus has caused more than 157,000 infections and 3,000 deaths across Pakistan, with close to 60,000 cases in both Sindh and Punjab.

Earlier this week, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) released a list of 20 cities identified as coronovirus hotspots across Pakistan and, a day later, there was a “smart lockdown” in some areas of major cities.

A statement released on Monday by the NCOC said, “There is an increased likelihood of increase / speed of infection ratio in a total of 20 cities in Pakistan.

In Ghotki, Sindh, four areas are sealed and section 188 is imposed after it is identified as one area.

Other cities identified by the NCOC were Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Swat, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Sialkot, Gujarat, Ghotki, Larkana, Khairpur, DG Khan, Malkand, and Mardan.

The NCOC noted that the purpose of the test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) strategy was to identify disease propagation, focused clusters / hotspots to enable targeted lockdown and need-driven resource optimization at all levels.

A few days ago, National Information Technology Board (NITB) chief executive Shabahat Ali Shah shared a geographic picture of the city’s coronavirus hotspot.

“Please stay indoors,” Shah urged.

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