Mardan to enforce smart lockdown in five more areas

Riaz Khan

MARDAN: In the light of the orders of provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, district administration has decided to implement smart lockdown in five areas of the district for 14 days to control the current situation of corona virus.

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) in a meeting identified 20 cities across Pakistan with potential Covid-19 hotspots using a strategy termed as ‘testing, tracing and quarantining (TTQ).

The TTQ strategy involves ramping up Covid-19 testing followed by rapidly tracing the contacts of confirmed positive cases, and effective quarantining of positive and suspected cases.

The NCOC identified 20 cities for the enforcement of “necessary restrictive measures”. Mardan was also included in the list of the 20 cities.

Deputy commissioner Mohammad Abid Wazir on Tuesday issued a notification. According to the notification Smart lockdown has been installed in five areas of the district for 10 days from 10 am tomorrow.

The areas mentioned in the notification are Sector A. Sheikh Maltoon Town (SMT) included by 60 houses, total number of cases 10, number of active cases 7 while one person died.

Janabad near Dwasaro chowk composed of 30 houses, total number of cases 9, active cases 7 while one person died.

Bijlighar near Dwasaroo chowk included  25 houses, total number of cases 10 actives cases 6 while one person died.

Daman Koh at tehsil Takhatbhai incuded by 60 houses, total cases 10 active cases 7 and Katlan bazzar included by 38 houses, number of cases 15 active cases 12 while one person died.

According to the notification these areas will be closed for entry and exit during Smart Lockdown.

Smart lockdown was imposed in these areas due to the rapidly spreading cases of Corona virus.

Only groceries, medicine, general stores, ovens and emergency service stores will remain open in these areas.

Violators of the declaration will be prosecuted under sections 17 and 18 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Epidemic Control and Emergency Relief Ordinance or section 33 of National Disaster Management Authority Act.

Residents of the area are advised to purchase essential items before 10 a.m. tomorrow so that they do not face any problem later.