LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday introduced additional restrictions efficient instantly on actions contributing to the unfold of the novel coronavirus within the province.
Briefing the media after the assembly of the Cupboard Committee on Coronavirus, Buzdar mentioned the federal government of Punjab couldn’t impose restrictions on financial actions.
He urged the plenty to point out accountability and comply with the SOPs given by the well being authorities. “We can’t management the pandemic with out assist from the plenty,” he mentioned.
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The “third wave of coronavirus is extra harmful than the earlier ones”, CM Buzdar mentioned.
Whereas sharing the main points relating to Lahore’s worsening coronavirus state of affairs, he mentioned the positivity ratio was 21% over the previous 24 hours, dubbing it “a matter of grave concern” and including that “the well being system is underneath strain because of the rising variety of instances”.
An efficient lockdown could be imposed om the districts the place the positivity ratio was 12% to avoid wasting lives, he added.
“There will probably be an entire ban on indoor and outside companies at eating places and solely takeaway and residential supply will probably be allowed,” he mentioned, including that sports activities, cultural, and different actions can even stay suspended.
The restrictions have come into impact immidtaley and can stay in place till April 11.
“Public transport and development trade will proceed to perform with strict SOPs,” the CM mentioned.
Earlier, Particular Assistant to the Chief Minister on Data Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had mentioned the federal government’s directives had not been adopted by the general public and the coverage of imposing sensible lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots was not attaining the specified outcomes.
Awan’s assertion got here because the COVID-19 state of affairs within the provincial capital worsened additional regardless of lockdowns and different restrictions.
The session, chaired by CM Buzdar, was attended by provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmin Rahsid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Murad Raas, Yasir Humayon, Firdous Ashiq Awan, and different senior authorities officers.
The COVID-19 surge in Lahore is overwhelming hospitals because the demise rely and occupancy charge have skilled a spike forward of what could possibly be the worst stretch of the pandemic thus far within the province.
One of many largest state-owned well being services in Lahore, Mayo Hospital, has a complete of 325 beds in its coronavirus ward. On Sunday, 253 beds — or over 77% of complete capability — had been occupied, in response to knowledge seen by Geo.television.
“The state of affairs is fairly dangerous right here,” a senior physician at Mayo Hospital instructed Geo.television on the situation of anonymity. “We aren’t accepting severe sufferers anymore as a result of our Intensive Care Models (ICUs) are working at full capability.”
It’s pertinent to say right here that Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday had dominated the potential of lockdown, saying “we do not have assets to feed the poor.”