COVID-19: Pakistan govt imposes mini-lockdown in Islamabad

COVID-19: Pakistan imposes mini-lockdown in Islamabad

New Delhi (NVI): Amid the rising coronavirus cases in the country, Pakistani authorities have imposed a mini-lockdown in some areas of the capital, Islamabad, sealing off hot spots to contain the virus.

The government says the restrictions will remain in place until there is an improvement in the situation, according to media reports.

Strict COVID-19 rules have been laid down, making wearing masks compulsory in confined spaces especially in public transport, markets and railways stations.

The authorities have also decided to close all commercial activities including shopping malls, marriage halls, restaurants by 10pm local time with essential services namely hospitals and medical stores allowed to remain open.

Furthermore, similar mini-lockdowns have also been imposed in hot spots of Pakistan’s other major cities, including the southern port city of Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore and the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The latest development comes hours after Pakistan on Tuesday reported 1,637 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours.

So far, the country has registered 3,46,476 confirmed cases and 7,000 deaths since February.