LAHORE: As the Raiwind lockdown entered its second day, Lahore’s administration said that they were taking care of the residents’ needs while also disinfecting the vicinity to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Deputy Commissioner Danish Afzal told Pakistan Today that they have distributed food commodities to about 1,000 families which would last them 10 days and cooked food has also been distributed among 600 persons. “This practice will continue till the situation eases,” he added.
He also said about 900 persons have been placed in quarantine and the Tableeghi Markaz area has also been disinfected. “This lockdown is for the safety of the people because we want to save them from this pandemic,” he added.
DIG (Operations) Rai Babar Saeed said that about 100,000 persons are under lockdown at Raiwind. “To restrict movement, we have deputed 500 security personnel. We are taking these steps for the safety of residents and we expect them to cooperate with us,” he added.
Dr Nadeem Ashraf, a member of Majlis-e-Shoora of Tableeghi Markaz, said that they were completely cooperating with the authorities. “We appreciate the steps they have taken because these measures are important to control this pandemic. I have requested all people to abide by the government’s policies during these difficult times,” he added.
After the confirmation of 37 cases among the members of Tableeghi Jamaat, the authorities had closed all pharmacies, grocery stores in the vicinity and had all residents to stay inside their homes.
This scribe also held telephonic contact with some residents of the vicinity. While some of them completely supported the decision, others expressed reservations over not being able to meet their financial needs, but all of them agreed that this step had been taken for their safety.