Like most of Pakistan, Islamabad, AJK & G-B have been inlockdown since the last week of March, with daily life becoming a struggle in a region that is predominantly reliant on tourism.

The martyrdom of Usama Riaz, a young doctor who died while treating patients in G-B, also shed light on PPE shortage, which has since been addressed.

Follow our coverage of government’s measures and the COVID-19 epidemiological outlook.

Twin cities

July 28: Shopping spree ahead of Eid

July 28: Recreational spots to stay shut on Eid

July 27: Pindi's cattle markets deserted

July 25: Smart lockdown to continue till Eid

July 23: Peole being careless about maks

July 19: Doctors warn against lowering guard

July 16: Adiala Jail allows visitors

July 15: Cattle markets allowed at designated places

July 7: Cases slow in twin cities

July 4: ICTA refuses to open schools

July 1: 22 areas unsealed

July 1: Nurseries boom under lockdown

June 29: 8 towns sealed in Pindi

June 29: Covid-19 tracing in slums

June 24: People defy smart lockdowns

June 22: PIMS' chief tests positive

June 21: Drone monitor sealed areas

June 20: Rs45m set aside for Covid not utilised

June 20: Officials begin contact tracing

June 18: Lockdown imposed in Islamabad

June 18: Cattle market banned in Pindi

June 17: Celeb deaths heighten virus fears

June 17: 23 areas declared hotspots in Pindi

June 15: IHC throws out plea to reopen schools

June 14: Conflicting reports put patient's family in a fix

June 13: Smart lockdown in three localities

June 1: Rs3,000 fine for not wearing mask

May 31: Kohsar SHO tests positive, police station closed

May 30: An Eid with empty parks in Islamabad

May 29: Patients suffer as private clinics remain shut 

May 28: Closed parks leave stand owners stranded

May 28: Pindi's infected medics to work in isolation centres

May 19: Little regard for social distancing in Pindi

May 18: Malls, salons open after SC order

May 16: Open stores amid pandemic

May 14: Conditional Itikaf green-lighted


May 14: Unusually quite Ramazan

May 13: 11 shopping centres sealed in Pindi

May 12: No masks, no shopping

May 11: Small markets get nod to open

May 10: Virus test compulsory for restaurants

May 9: Food street comes to life as lockdown eases

May 9: Once bustling Moti Bazaar now wears deserted look

May 9: Some markets open ahead of notification

May 9: Shopping malls want restrictions eased

May 6: Goods transporters smuggle people

May 5: 450 mosques served notice for violating SOPs

May 5: PIMS dept sealed after two doctors test positive

May 4: Two BSL-3 lab expedite Covid-19 testing

May 3: Islamabad Police to enforce lockdown

May 3: 33 more positive in Rawalpindi

May 2: Covid-19 hospital to be ready by May 5

May 1: Medical graduate dies of coronavirus

May 1: Face masks pose security risk, say officials

May 1: Islamabad's Sector 1-10 sealed


April 29: Naanbai Association demand utility bills’ waiver

April 27: Salon fear losing earning during Ramazan

April 27: Salon fear losing earning during Ramazan

April 27: Healthcare workers struggle to stay safe

April 27: Departmental stores get SOPs for reopening

April 27: Price of naan jumps by Rs3

April 26: Covid-19 impacts traditional roadside Iftar

April 25: Islamabad DC orders shop closure at 5pm

April 24: Eid prayers subject to Covid-19 situation

April 24: Raincoats in demand as virus spreads

April 23: Cop tests positive for Covid-19

April 23: 2,000 cops to guard worship places, markets

April 23: Taraweeh SOPs to be observed

April 23: Ulema, traders vow to follow SOP in Ramazan

April 22: CDA to start using digital filing system

April 21: Pindi businesses go online

April 21: Social distancing ignored in Islamabad’s markets

April 19: Govt employees called for duty

April 19: Quarantined demand 'taste of outside'

April 18: Food delivery, take-away allowed 

April 17: Pindi's Ramazan Bazaar cancelled

Stamp duty relief yet to reach people in Rawalpindi

Confusion reigns over lockdown ‘relaxation’

Lockdown to last till April 30 in ICT

Apr 15: Another locality sealed in Rawalpindi

April 15: Enhanced checking after 10pm ordered

April 14: Doctor, cousin recover at Polyclinic

Second Covid-19 fatality in Islamabad

Islamabad Police gets PPE

Water shortage puts Islamabad's I-8/1 residents at risk

Apr 12: Encroachment razed at Sabzi Mandi

April 12: Another locality in Islamabad sealed

April 12: Twin cities observe virtual Easter

No one to smell flower


Crime takes a break in times of pandemic

April 11: Retailers refuse to follow official rates

April 10: 120 bed quarantine centre set up in Pindi

April 5: Covid-19 helps pollen season pass easily

April 5: Sunday markets spring across Pindi

Apr 4: Lal Masjid cleric booked for violating ban

April 4: Thermal walk-through gates in Rawalpindi

April 4: Traders demand relaxation in lockdown

April 1: 19 caught sneaking out of lockdown

March 26: Two more streets sealed in Rawalpindi

March 25: Islamabad pays no heed to isolation directives

March 22: Islamabad's empty roads say it all

March 15: Islamabad shuts down amid COVID-19 fear

Gilgit Baltistan & Azad Jammu and Kashmir

May 25: 'Social distancing only solution to Covid-19'

May 24: No buses for AJK passengers


May 17: AJK govt imposes back to strict lockdown as cases spike

April 20: AJK govt approves ordinance against hoarding of essential commodities

April 18: G-B CM sides with senior bureaucrat in coronavirus lockdown row

April 17: 5K tests needed in IoK

April 15: AJK president stresses need for online education 

April 14: Timely measures kept coronavirus at bay

Skardu doctors set up ICU on self-help basis

March 27: GB receives medical aid

March 25: G-B tightens lockdown


March 22: G-B declares lockdown


March 21: G-B imposes Section 144

Produced by: Niha Dagia
Artwork: Ibrahim Yahya, Mohsin Alam