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Govt mulls imposing lockdown in Lahore amid rising cases

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Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan. File photo

LAHORE: Imposing lockdown in Lahore is one of the steps being mulled in the meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee on Coronavirus to control the spread of the virus.

Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Monday that the government’s directives have not been followed by the public and the policy of imposing smart lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots is not achieving the desired results.

The statement from Awan came as the COVID-19 situation in the provincial capital worsened further despite lockdowns and other restrictions.

"A decision will be taken today whether to impose a complete lockdown or not. Punjab CM Usman Buzdar would make an announcement," she said.

The session, chaired by CM Buzdar, is being attended by provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmin Rahsid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Murad Raas, Yasir Humayon, Firdous Ashiq Awan and other senior government officials.

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The COVID-19 surge in Lahore is overwhelming hospitals, as the death count and new patients spike in what could be the worst stretch of the pandemic to date in the province.

One of the largest state-owned health facilities in Lahore, Mayo Hospital, has a total of 325 beds in its coronavirus ward. On Sunday, 253 beds were occupied, therefore more than 77%, according to data seen by Geo.tv.

“The situation is pretty bad here,” a senior doctor at Mayo Hospital told Geo.tv, on the condition of anonymity, “We are not accepting serious patients anymore because our Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are working at full capacity.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday had ruled the possibility of lockdown saying we don't have resources to feed the poor.


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