Pakistan has said that it will use technology to detect corona virus hotspots to implement ‘smart lockdown’. With 2870 new cases of Kovid-19 in the country, the number of infected people increased to 33,330 in a day. Talking to reporters here, Planning Minister Asad Umar said that the concession in the lockdown has been given as it was causing very bad effects on the people of low income group but cautioned that this does not mean that all the precautionary steps were withdrawn Huh. He said that technology will be used to collect data to identify hotspots of Kovid-19 and to implement smart lockdown.
Omar said that data is being collected and all hospitals across the country will be asked to provide data to create a web portal to ensure availability of information related to corona virus in one place. The minister said that the Punjab government has developed an app that will allow people to get information about nearby hospitals where beds are empty and ventilators are available.
While requesting people to take all precautions, Omar said that it is the responsibility of every citizen to take precautions as to prevent the outbreak of the virus. Despite the increasing cases of Kovid-19, the first phase of the lockdown in Pakistan began on Saturday. The government has allowed many more businesses to open from morning to five in the evening. Doctors have however warned against the concession in lockdown.
Representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association demanded that the government follow the standards of the World Health Organization and strictly enforce the bandh. The Ministry of National Health Services said that a total of 33,330 cases have been reported in the country. 11093 infections have been reported in Punjab, 11480 in Sindh, 4669 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1935 in Balochistan, 641 in Islamabad, 430 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 86 cases in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. In the last 24 hours, 22 people have died due to the epidemic, which has increased the number of people dying from this disease to 639. So far, 8023 people have been cured.