670,000 may be infected with COVID-19 in Lahore alone: Buzdar

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that an estimated 670,000 could be affected by the coronavirus in Lahore alone.

Members of the Technical Working Group — who collected samples to gauge how fast the disease can spread in the city—  have recommended imposing a complete lockdown in the city for four weeks and quarantining persons aged above 50 years. The group has also advised the government to declare it essential for people to stay inside their homes and not venture out unnecessarily.

Captain (retd) Muhammad Usman, Secretary, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, said that the summary was forwarded to CM Buzdar on May 15. It contained results of samples collected from hotspots, residences and offices in Lahore.

As per the summary, 6 per cent of the total samples collected tested positive for COVID-19. In some towns, samples’ results stated that 14.7 per cent of the samples came back with positive results. The report said that there wasn’t a single area in Lahore or a qasba where the infection had not reached.