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Punjab extends partial lockdown till 14th as virus toll surges

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Monday extended the partial lockdown in the province till April 14 as the virus toll surged to 3,529.

According to a notification issued, the provincial government has asked citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“It is mandatory to take all pragmatic and possible measures to contain and counter the further spread of coronavirus on war footings,” the notification said.

The notification further said that there were sufficient grounds to proceed under section 144 of “The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898”, as an immediate preventive and speedy remedy to ensure public safety, conserve lives and maintain peace and tranquillity in the province.

Pakistan’s coronavirus toll rose to 3,529 after the provinces and administrative units reported 136 fresh cases.

The toll is witnessing a seemingly unending surge despite all-out efforts by the federal and provincial governments. Punjab, which by last week was behind Sindh, is now leading the chart with 1500 confirmed cases with latter trailing behind with 885 infectious cases.

A day earlier, a team of Chinese doctors had recommended to Punjab chief minister to extend the lockdown for at least 28 days after the province reported more than 100 cases in a day.

“Social distancing is the key to stop the spread of the virus and authorities should ensure lockdown for 28 days,” the experts recommended CM Buzdar.

The experts, who have earlier worked in China’s epicentre Wuhan, told the officials to contain the virus as soon as possible.

Coronavirus patient should be treated at quarantine centres or at hospitals rather than being kept at home,” they said,

Briefing on the passive immunization method for COVID-19 treatment, they said in critical circumstances plasma treatment is proved useful. “Three anti-viral drugs have also been used successfully.”

The experts also endorsed the SOPs of the Punjab government to contain the virus and for the treatment of patients and also shared their experiences with the provincial authorities during their posting in Wuhan.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has issued a notification outlining the rules under which welfare activities can be carried out in the province.

“Any individual, organisation or any other entity that intends to undertake philanthropic activity on its own, shall have to submit an application to the deputy commissioner […] who shall determine the mode, area and extent of the activity,” the statement reads.

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