Pakistan identifies 20 cities as Potential COVID-19 Hotspots

With record 120 deaths in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, the government has made the announcement that 20 cities have been recognized as potential Covid-19 hotspots/clusters. In these 20 cities, restrictive measures are required to contain the coronavirus, following the PM’s smart lockdown policy.

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4634 COVID-19 cases were reported in Pakistan during the last 24 hours and 120 people lost their lives. Out of the 20 cities identified as hotspots , 6 are in Sindh i.e. Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Ghotki, Larkana and Khairpur, 8 are in Punjab i.e. Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujarat, Multan, Gujranwala and Dera Ghazi Khan, 4 are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa i.e. Peshawar, Swat, Malakand and Mardan, Quetta in Balochistan, and federal capital Islamabad and

National Coordination and Operation Centre stated, “A total of 20 cities across Pakistan have been identified as having likely increase in ratio/speed of infection which needs restrictive measures for containment of Covid-19 and names have been shared with the provinces.”

The government has formulated Tracing, Testing and Quarantine (TTQ) strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19.

It added,  “In Islamabad, Sectors G-9/2 and G-9/3 had more than 300 cases and were sealed along with Karachi Company due to which 50,000 people would be affected. The new hotspots in Islamabad which are being monitored and might be sealed include I-8, I-10, Ghauri Town, Bharakhau, G-6, and G-7.”

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