Will impose lockdown in areas with higher number of coronavirus cases: Punjab health minister

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid said on Tuesday that the provincial government will impose a lockdown in areas with higher number of coronavirus cases to stem the spread of the disease.

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The provincial health minister spoke to media today, where she said that the government had warned earlier that the number of cases will rise.

The minister said that the final decision regarding the lockdown will be taken by the cabinet committee.

“Lahore has more than 19,000 coronavirus cases,” said the Punjab health minister, adding that when the lockdown was eased ‘people thought that the coronavirus has left’.

Dr Rashid said that the cases are rising due to the violation of SOPs, even though people were fined for flouting the rules.

Punjab has every kind of data, she said, adding that they are witnessing the benefits of ACTEMRA injection against the virus.

“There are reports that ACTEMRA injection is being stocked to be sold in black,” said the minister, adding in the same vein the medicine is not life-saving.

She said that in Punjab, the highest number of tests were done and several doctors, who were not treating the virus patients, got infected.

She said that the province has a great number of testing kits.

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