Commercial centres of four sub-sectors being sealed today to remain open
ISLAMABAD: The commercial centres of four localities that will be sealed at 7pm today (Wednesday) will remain open despite the surge of Covid-19 cases reported in these areas. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat announced earlier this week that six localities - G-6/2, G-6/1, G-7/2, G-10/4 and Phase 7 and 8 of Ghouri Town - would be locked down on Wednesday as the coronavirus was spreading rapidly among residents. But according to a notification issued by the deputy commissionerís office late Tuesday night, the four sub-sectors will be sealed from June 24. Whereas, the deputy commissioner said teams were visiting Ghouri Townto ascertain the situation and make a proper strategy. The notification said that these areas have been sealed under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1958, in the public interest and until further orders. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Exemptions to the order include essential services and supplies such as pharmacies, grocery stores and bakeries, people in need of medical aid or treatment, rationing, drinking water supplies and emergency situations. All these exemptions will be regulated by standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the deputy commissionerís office to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Commercial areas in the vicinity of the sealed localities will be monitored and could be sealed if violations are observed. People have been asked to make prior arrangements for rations and medicines, and to reschedule engagements and office work before the onset of the lockdown. The police, army and Rangers have been asked to cordon off the four sub-sectors, while the additional deputy commissioner (general) will ensure that essential commodities and food supplies are provided in these areas. As of Tuesday, G-6, G-7 and G-10 were sixth, seventh and eighth on the list of the most active Covid-19 cases in the city, with 271, 270 and 257 patients, respectively. Capital administration officials said that G-7 has reported 472 cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began, followed by 450 in G-6 and 443 in G-10. G-7 has also had the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities, with 13 so far. G-10 has reported five deaths and G-6, four. I-8, G-9 and I-10, where sub-sectors have already been sealed, have reported the second, fourth and fifth-most active cases of Covid-19 in the capital, with 408, 305 and 281 patients, respectively. The total number of cases reported from there have been 630 in I-8, 553 in G-9 and 535 in I-10. Eight deaths have been reported from G-9 and five from I-10. Published in Dawn, June 24th, 2020