Punjab has seen the largest spike in confirmed novel coronavirus cases, reporting up to 500 cases in a day.

Despite declaring a health emergency on March 13, the provincial government was slow to gauge the seriousness of the pandemic as it allowed a large religious congregation at a time when experts were urging social distancing.

On March 21, CM Usman Buzdar announced a three-day lockdown to slowdown the outbreak.

However, following the federal government's directives to resume life, the authorities are struggling to ensure SOP implementation.

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

July 10: 29 cattle markets allowed

July 6: Govt accepts 48 doctors' resgination

July 3: Virus hotspots unsealed in Lahore

July 2: Recruits visits families during Covid duty

June 30: Outdoor facilities for Covid pateints

June 29: Smart lockdown affects Lahore traffic flow

June 28: Illegal plasma sale thrives

June 25: Lockdown extended to posh areas in Lahore

June 24: Punjab faces medicine shortage

June 23: Public hospitals run out of space

June 23: Oxygen price hiked

June 21: UHS to estimate virus cases from sewages

June 21: Garment stalls reappear amid lockdown

June 20: Covid patients avoid hospital

June 10: Smart lockdown anomalies  irks citizens 

June 19: Section 144 imposed to curb public movement

June 18: Pandemic to cost Punjab 5m lives

June 17: App launched to help citizens avail virus treatment

June 16: Covid-19 hotspots sealed in Lahore

June 15: Over 60 patients succumb to virus

June 14: Markets defy weekend closure rule

June 12: Hospitals buckle under pressure

June 10: Small restaurants offer dine-in secretly

June 9: Dead trader wrongly termed virus victim 

June 8: Over 7K beds reserved for Covid-19 patients

June 7: Commuters without masks face tasing

June 6: Police jump the gun on Covid-19 fight

June 5: Govt to crackdown on SOP violators

June 5: Health authorities warn against needless testing

June 3: 'Flawed' policies exposed policemen to virus

June 3: Panicked family abondons victim's body

June 2: 300 expats shifted to quarantine centre

June 2: Lahore epicentre of virus outbreak

May 31: Govt may fine no-mask wearers

May 31: Covid-19 infections spike after Eid

May 30: Punjab proposes 50-guests limit for weddings

May 29: Major markets won't open on Fridays

May 28: Govt allows restaurants, resorts to open

May 27: Tough days ahead for zoos

May 27: Confusions over market hours

May 24: Tenants strggle to survive in virus-hit economy

May 23: Covid-19 patients allowed to meet families

May 21: Markets allowed to stay open till 10pm

May 20: Shortage of products mars Lahore's markets

May 19: Lockdown bites poor despite ease

May 19: Two bankers test positive for Covid-19

May 19: Shopping spree ahead of Eid in Lahore

May 18: Public transport partially restored

May 17: Grave-diggers charge double over increased risk

May 17: Govt reopning industries

May 16: Inter-distrcit transport allowed

May 15: 16 Govt allows reopening malls

May 15: Govt leaves transporters in a stew

May 15: Police seal Youm-e-Ali route

May 14: Public confused by policy on markets

May 14: Rising cases test hospitals capacity

May 13: Govt blamed for surge in virus risk

May 13: Lahore sees long queues of shoppers

May 12: Citizens throng to markets for Eid shopping

May 12: Over 285 cases confirmed in Punjab police dept

May 11: Ban on gatherings fails to stop Iftars

May 11: Bureaucracy sticks to video-link 

May 10: Shopkeepers, customers ignore social distancing 

May 10: Punjab allows home isolation with SOPs

May 9: 47 prisoners in Punjab infected with Covid-19

May 9: Punjab govt draws flak on anti-virus strategy

May 7: Patients, families unclear about test results

May 7: Covid-19 spread in jails could spell disaster

May 6: 86% citizens approves govt policies

May 6: Punjab fails to bring donated PPE from China 

May 5: Graveyard sought for Covid-19 victims

May 5: Hotels offer luxury isolation 

May 3: Lockdown relaxation leaves Punjab govt anxious

May 3: 297,070 locations disinfected to curb virus

May 2: Breadwinners switch professions to survive the pandemic

May 2: Shops, kiosks violate lockdown timings


May 1: Beds set aside for children a Nishtar Hospital


May 1: Biometric system fails to identify 1000s under Ehsaas Cash Programme

May 1: Most callers on helpline seek ration

April 30: Covid-19 takes a toll on Punjab Police

April 30: Bars won’t stop spread in prisons

April 29: Punjab stops setting up disinfect gates

April 29: SHO tests positive in Lahore

April 29: Coronavirus cases surge in Multan

April 29: Labour groups give govt 3 days to reopen factories

April 28: Changing lockdown policies confuses police

April 27: Overseas Pakistanis tested in Faisalabad

April 26: LEAs ordered to intensify travel ban 

April 26: Virus tally among Punjab police reaches 21

April 26: Punjab GDP may shed $20b if lockdown exceeds

April 26: Thalassemia patients at risk as blood stock depletes

April 25: LGH to continue 24/7 helpline in Ramazan

April 25: Central lab conducts 2K tests daily 


April 24: Lockdown: Import delays smart card production

April 24: Pandemic may leave 4 million jobless in Punjab


April 24: Punjab likely to extend lockdown 


April 22: Committee formed to control pandemic in Multan

April 22: Punjab minister announces reduced school fee without legal knowledge

April 23: Photo-ops at cash handouts irks LHC


April 23: Hoarders to face three-year jail term


April 22: Another police officer tests positive for Covid-19

April 22: Factories to reopen under surveillance


April 21: Transport ban hampers construction industry

April 21: Pre-Ramazan price hike takes Lahore by storm

April 20: Transgenders struggle as Covid-19 shuts life

April 20: Safari Park’s 14 lions sold due to lack of food

April 19: Lockdown deprives workers of livelihood

April 19: Recoveries tally increasing steadily

April 19: Covid-19 infections continue to multiply in Multan

April 18: Buzdar urges legislators to monitor relief measures

April 18: Shujabad jail doctor tests positive for Covid-19

April 18: LG&CD urges proper disposal of masks, gloves

April 18: Shopkeepers circumvent lockdown curbs

April 18: South Punjab seeks increase in virus testing capacity

April 18: Worshippers defy virus fear, govt ban


April 18: Animals also at risk amid lockdown


April 18: Over Rs550m disbursed among 45,384 women

April 17: Flower farmers suffer losses 


April 17: Woman lured for ration, ‘raped’ in Kokianwala

April 17: Punjab may face food shortages and price hikes in Ramazan

April 17: Punjab's new lockdown SOPs leave barbers in quandary

April 17: Covid-19 cases surge in Faisalabad

April 16: Lockdown exemptions cause confusion in Punjab

April 16: Many face starvation as donations at shrines stop

April 15: Punjab govt mulls scraping Ramazan Bazaar plan

April 15: Buzdar aims 10,000 tests a day

April 14: Baisakhi celebrated in a simple ceremony

April 14: Punjab bureaucracy operates remotely 

April 14: Punjab issues varying figures about virus patients

April 14: Punjab zoos step up COVID-19 precautions

April 14: Local factories capture protective gear market

April 14: Corona mental health telemedicine helpline launched

April  11: Hospitals allocate isolation wards

April  11: Virus cases continue to rise

April  11: 30 centres set up across Lahore for cash distribution

April  11: Blame game over Multan quarantine centre continues

April  10: Govt unveils relief package for journalists

April  10: 3,500 prisoners to be shifted 

April 10: COVID-19 requires special care, says Buzdar

April 9: 97,000 families to get Rs12,000 each

April  9: Essential services exempted from travel curbs

April  8: Cash distribution plan finalised

April  8: Changing lockdown rules leave officials confused

April 8: OPD reopens at DHQ, Allied hospitals

April 8: Hafizabad prison to house Lahore inmates

April  8: 40m citizens apply for govt help

April  7: Man comes closer to pet lion during pandemic

April  7: District jail declines to accept prisoners

April  7: COVID-19 positive doctors damage property

April  7: 19 Attock natives  quarantined

April  7: Punjab govt bans relief work by charities

April  6:  Lockdown makes life unbearable

April  6: Multan quarantine to host 1,700 pilgrims

April  5: Essential items disappear from market

April 5: Industries with export orders to resume operations

April 4:  Govt finalises distribution plan

Apr 3: 'Make citizens walk home as punishment'

April 2: LHC launches email system for bails

April 1: Social distancing extended to police

Mar 31:Pakistan's first walkthrough sanitiser gate

March 31: Families wary of delay in medical reports

March 27: Punjab overtakes Sindh in COVID-19 cases

March 25: Punjab to recruit 10,000 doctors


March 23: Punjab extends lockdown



March 21: Punjab announces 3-day lockdown


March 20: Punjab bans social gatherings at home


March 19: Punjab govt bans inter-provincial public transport heading towards Sindh

March 13: Punjab declares health emergency


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