MARDAN: The district administration of Mardan has lifted smart lockdown from five areas after considerable reduction in coronavirus cases.

A notification in this regard was issued by Deputy Commissioner Abid Khan Wazir on Tuesday. The notification said smart lockdown was imposed in Daman-e-Koh, Takht Bhai, Tehsil Road, Katlang, Sheikh Maltoon Sector-A, Janabad and Grid Station due to emergence of many coronavirus cases from these areas. After emergence of no fresh cases of coronavirus from these areas during the last 14 days, the smart lockdown has been lifted.

The district administration appreciated the cooperation of the citizens during the smart lockdown during which no new case surfaced and many of the old cases also reported recoveries. The people have been urged to continue to adopt precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus.

The smart lockdown in Lund Khwar, Sheikh Maltoon Sector-B and Sector-G is still continuing. The progress of these areas will be monitored during the 10 days after which decision about lifting the smart lockdown will be taken keeping in view the position of coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, the district administration imposed smart lockdown in three more areas including Mohabatabad, Pirano Daag, Mardan Khaas, and Karavan Road. The smart lockdown in these areas has been imposed due to increasing number of coronavirus cases.

Only the shops of medicines, groceries and food items will remain open during the smart lockdown to make sure the supply of essential items. Only five persons will be allowed in mosques to offer congregational prayers.

Mardan is the third most affected district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from COVID-19 after Peshawar and Swat. Coronavirus has so far killed 56 people in Mardan. A total of 1,080 people were diagnosed with the disease in the district and 570 of them have recovered.

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, Swabi, Lower Dir, Mansehra, Haripur, Chitral, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Khyber tribal district.