PESHAWAR: After imposition of smart lockdown in 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, now it has also been imposed in some areas of Charsadda to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

According to Deputy Commissioner Adeel Shah, smart lockdown is being imposed in eight areas of Charsadda. The areas under lockdown include Mirah, Rajar-2, Turangzai, Sukar, Daulatpura, Marghan, Shodaag, Ocha Kunda and Ghazgi. No one will be allowed to leave or enter these areas except the emergency situations. All the business activities and public gatherings will also remain banned during the lockdown period.

The deputy commissioner said only the shops of medicines, groceries and food items will remain open during the lockdown to make sure the supply of essential items. In the said areas, only five persons will be allowed in mosques to offer congregational prayers.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has initiated a process of imposing smart lockdown in hotspot areas which have been identified by the respective district administrations for causing the spread of the virus. The districts where smart lockdown has already been imposed include Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Swabi, Lower Dir, Mansehra, Haripur, Chitral, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Khyber tribal district. Some areas and neighbourhoods of these districts were reporting large number of coronavirus cases after which a decision was taken in principle to impose lockdown there.

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and except for few areas, the virus has spread to an alarming extent. Health experts believe that coronavirus cases will peak in Pakistan in July and they need to enhance their capacity to accommodate all patients. Currently, the burden on hospitals is increasing, some have run out of capacity and others are also facing shrinking capacity problem. A large number of coronavirus patients instead of going to hospitals have quarantined themselves at their homes and they are taking medication there. If all the patients go to hospitals, then the capacity issue will further worsen.

Charsadda has so far reported nine deaths from coronavirus and 522 infections, including two infections during the last 24 hours, according to the data of the KP Health Department. As many as 125 patients have recovered from the disease in Charsadda.