Drop in Covid-19 infections and deaths due to ‘smart lockdown’
June 26 2020 12:43 AM
roadside in Karachi
A man selling superhero costumes for children stands by the roadside in Karachi after markets are closed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The “smart lockdown” across the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus has seen a drop in the number of infections and deaths in the country, reported.
The highly-contagious coronavirus causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease. 
According to the national Covid-19 portal, the number of confirmed cases in the country has reached 191,022, with Sindh reporting 74,070 cases, Punjab 69,536 cases, Baluchistan 9,817 cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 23,887 cases, Islamabad 11,483 cases, Gilgit-Baltistan 1,337 cases, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 892 cases.
The country recorded 4,283 recoveries in the past 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 77,754.
The death toll reached 3,808 with the reporting of 78 more deaths in the last 24 hours – a considerable drop in the death toll compared with the usual over 100 deaths in the previous days.
Punjab reported 1,228 new cases and 21 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
The province has so far recorded 1,516 deaths.
Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK collectively reported 298 new cases and four fatalities.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday, Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid said the government is imposing one-week lockdown in seven areas of Lahore, where a cluster of cases had been detected.
The areas under lockdown are Gulberg, Model Town, Faisal Town, Garden Town, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Gulshan-e-Ravi, and Walled City.
The federal capital reported two deaths and 264 cases, taking the death and confirmed cases rally to 108 and 11,483 respectively.
Gilgit-Baltistan reported 11 new cases, and AJK 23.
Sindh reported 1,414 confirmed cases and 37 deaths during the past 24 hours.
In his daily briefing on the coronavirus situation in the province, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that 7,400 tests were carried out over the past 24 hours, out of which 1,414 came back positive.
With the new cases, the provincial tally has increased to 74,070.
Thirty-seven more deaths were recorded during the period, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,161 in Sindh.
Baluchistan reported 183 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the provincial tally to 9,817.
The health department confirmed the death of two more people taking the toll to 108.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 499 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the provincial tally to 23,887.
The health department confirmed death of 14 more people taking the toll to 869.
Meanwhile, the KP health department has directed all the medical teaching institutions to allocate 20% capacity for Covid-19 patients, start coronavirus tests round the clock, feed data to the health system on daily basis, and ensure availability of additional staff for best possible care of the patients.
The government has shut down more than 874 markets/shops and one industrial unit, while 1,409 transporters were fined and their vehicles sealed for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs), according to the National Co-ordination and Operation Centre (NCOC).
Over 9,532 violations of health guidelines/instructions were observed across the country over the past 24 hours, the NCOC said.
Overall, 4,479 violations were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,445 in Punjab, 1,000 in Sindh, 818 in Baluchistan, 585 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 156 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 49 in Islamabad.

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