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LAHORE: The Punjab government has forced a shrewd lockdown in region Lahore, controlling the section and exit of individuals in specific zones of the city recognized as “coronavirus hotspots” on Tuesday. 

“There has been a constant increase in positivity percentage and prevalence of COVID-19 in the Province of Punjab during last two weeks which poses a serious and imminent threat to public health,” read a warning from the Primary and Secondary Health Department gave today. 

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The lockdown, as per the common government, has been forced in focused regions of the city till January 10, 2021.

According to the mandates by the wellbeing department:

  • All markets, shopping centers, eateries, workplaces (public and private) will stay shut in the zones identified
  • There will be a finished prohibition on development of individuals to and from these territories by open and private vehicle aside from restricted development of one individual for each vehicle to and from the excluded facilities
  • There will likewise be a finished restriction on get-togethers of numerous sorts for social, strict, or some other reason at any spot, public or private all through these areas.
  • In the shut zones the accompanying will be absolved from this order:

(a). Grocery stores, general/karyana stores, atta chakkis, products of the soil shops, ovens & petroleum siphons. These will stay open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, all through the week. 

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(b). Every single clinical assistance, drug stores and clinical stores, laboaratories and assortment focuses, clinics, centers and pastry kitchens will stay open day in and day out all through the week. 

(c). Milk shops, chicken and meat/fish shops will stay open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM all through the week. 

Which regions have been put under lockdown?

The following regions, as indicated by the Punjab government, have been set under lockdown till January 10, 2021. 

The notice gave for the lockdown. 

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