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Peshawar under smart lockdown after covid spikes in city

Policemen disperse vendors as time to close a market arrived during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, along a street in Peshawar on April 28, 2020. (Photo by Abdul MAJEED / AFP)

The district administration of Peshawar imposed a smart lockdown, on Tuesday, in five neighborhoods amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

A notification for the smart lockdown was issued. It reads that the lockdown starts at 6 pm today (Tuesday).

The sealed areas include Sectors E-VI and N-IV of Hayatabad, University Town area bound by Circular Lane, Park Road and Old Jamrud Road, Hayatabad Industrial Estate, and Peshawar Cantt area.

No gatherings are allowed in these areas and congregations in mosques have been restricted to five people.

All shops except pharmacies, food supplies, tandoors and general stores will be closed.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Asghar said the aim is to prevent the spread of the virus.

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