Medical and grocery stores in the areas will, however, remain open.

KARACHI (Dunya News) - Authorities have imposed a micro smart lockdown in three towns of the District Central on Monday due to the rising coronavirus cases in the areas.

A notification issued by the district administration stated that multiple areas of Gulberg, Liaquatabad and North Nazimabad will be under lockdown, which will remain imposed till May 30.

People have been instructed to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary and a ban has been placed on public and religious gatherings as well as pillion riding on motorcycles.

Medical and grocery stores in the areas will, however, remain open.

On the other hand, Pakistan has reported 74 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 880,362. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 19,617 on Monday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 3,232 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Till now 9,411 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,801 in Sindh, 3,786 in KP, 731 in Islamabad, 514 in Azad Kashmir, 267 in Balochistan, and 107 in GB.

Furthermore 327,362 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 299,194 in Sindh, 127,038 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 79,221 in Islamabad, 23,866 in Balochistan, 18,258 in Azad Kashmir and 5,423 in Gilgit-Baltistan.