Coronavirus in Karachi
Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s UC 8 and 9 declared ‘Red Zone’
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Amid confusion over the decision of the Sindh government to seal certain areas of Karachi where confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in high numbers, two union councils in Gulshan-e-Iqbal were declared a ‘Red Zone’ on Monday by the city administration.
Deputy Commissioner East early on Monday issued fresh directives in this regard under which Union Council (UC) 8 and UC 9 have been completely sealed, police officials said.
“No one would be allowed to enter and leave the area without any strong reason and that too only after showing CNIC to the law enforcement personnel,” a police official added.
On Sunday, several areas in District East were completely sealed off resulting in immense conveyance troubles for residents, patients, as well as employees of essential services.
Water tankers, buses, and trucks were parked at Jauhar Chowrangi and Jauhar Morr, while all the roads leading towards Dalmia and Drigh Road were completely blocked.
A few streets of Shanti Nagar and Dalmia, Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s 13-D and 13-B areas, along with Jamali Colony, were sealed off by putting up tents at their entrances.
Two policemen have been deployed in every street to ensure that no one got in or out of those areas. At Jauhar Morr, even ambulances and patients rushing towards hospitals were stopped from moving ahead.
A notification was issued by the District East deputy commissioner’s office on Saturday that read that all the 11 union committees (UCs) — comprising the neighbourhoods of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Mehmoodabad, Lines Area, PIB Colony and Jamshed Quarters — were to be sealed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
After the notification caused panic among the people, the Sindh government issued a clarification late in the evening that not all the 11 UCs in District East, where a large number of people had been diagnosed with COVID-19, were to be sealed off, but that complete lockdown would be imposed only in the streets of those UCs where such cases had been reported.