Death toll of COVID-19 mounts to 245 in KP: Govt to reinforce lockdown with if SOPs violated: Ajmal Wazir

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Adviser to the Chief Minister for Information, Ajmal Wazir here Monday said threat of coronavirus was still persisting in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and strict lockdown would be enforced if the standared operating procedures (SOPs) notified by the Government were violated by traders and people in the province.

“The easing of lockdown further or its reenforcement with more vigour was depend upon the attitudes of traders, businessmen and people in KP” he said categorically in a news briefing here.

He said Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan and districts administration were mointoring the situation on ground and shops violating SOPs would be sealed.

He said Major Muhammad Asghar who was fighting against coronavirus on frontline at Torkham border in Khyber district has laid down his life to save his people from the fatal disease, saying his supreme sacrifice would not go waste and will be remembered in golden words for long.

He said ENT professor Muhammad Javed was also died of coronavirus, adding sacrifices rendered by armed forces, doctors, paramedics, rescue 1122, police, districts administration and others officials of Government departments in the fight against coronavirus would be written in golden words.

He said the number of coronavirus cases were surged to 4669, 1126 patients recovered and 245 died in KP.

The Adviser said 443 doctors, paramedics and others crew staff were deployed to look after patients in qurantines centres.

He said 359 qurantine centres with capacity to accommodate 22,483 people were setup in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Wazir said 1932 people returned from foreign countries especially in Gulf states to KP were placed at different qurantine  centers against whom 1140 were sent homes after their tests were reported negative and 792 were still under observation.

He said spray on 25,833 acres land in 15 districts were made to control locusts in the province.