Lahore: The Punjab government on Tuesday announced its decision to conduct ‘smart sampling’ across the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a news source reported. In this regard, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar revealed that the authorities were focusing on people residing in the province’s quarantine centres.
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Earlier, the federal government had announced the implementation of a ‘smart lockdown’ starting from April 27. For this initiative, the government had also conducted an operation to identify coronavirus pandemic hotspots across the country.
Meanwhile, the Punjab CM paid tribute to the paramedical staff for their fearless services during the coronavirus situation in the country. He said that the nation would always remember the efforts made by the doctors and the paramedical staff during these tough times. He added that the provincial government would provide additional salaries to paramedics, doctors, and individuals working in testing laboratories that are involved in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
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Reportedly, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Punjab has crossed the 5,500 mark.