The government is closing the quarantine centres across Punjab. These include 6 in Lahore that has been closed. The quarantine centres are being closed following a change in the policy under which the suspected Covid-19 patients were earlier required to quarantine at these centres.
Those arriving at Lahore and other airports from abroad are being screened via the thermal scanners instead of being tested on the spot.
An official source said, “It is really dangerous, as the government is totally ignoring the consequences of the action it is taking to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The suspected, as well as the confirmed COVID-19 patients, are permitted to isolate themselves in their homes, under the new policy. But if the number of COVID-19 patients increases, the government might just revive the quarantine centers.
Experts have warned of ‘disastrous consequences’ of the policy shift. The quarantine centers that have been closed just in Lahore include the ones at Kala Shah Kaku, Punjab University, Lahore University, Thokar Niaz Baig, Raiwind Tableeghi Markaz and Qaddafi Stadium (Nishtar Park). But the Johar Town Expo Centre that has the status of field hospital will continue treating the confirmed Covid-19 patients.
Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mr. Danish Afzaal said, “Yes, we have closed the quarantine centers. And it has been done after reviewing the quarantine policy.”
Adding, “At present, we didn’t have any suspected Covid-19 patients in these [now closed] quarantine centres.”