Capital continues to register high number of cases, 371 test positive in 24 hours

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Zubair Qureshi

Federal Capital on Monday reported 371 new cases of Covid-19 in last twenty-four hours taking the overall number of infections in the city to 48,081.

Since March 10, Islamabad has been keeping a dangerously high trend of more than 300 cases a day and the positivity rate too is also above 5 per cent.

On March 10, the federal capital reported 350 cases of Covid-19, on March 11, 384 cases, March 12, 402 cases, on March 13 345 and on March 14 the number was 371 cases in a period of twenty-four hours.

District Health Officer of Islamabad Dr Zaeem said the situation was quite serious as the positivity rate had also gone up to 7.7 percent.

Two deaths in the last twenty-four hours had also taken the toll to 526 in the city. A day earlier, the three sub-sectors of the federal capital – F-11/1, I-8/4 and I-10/2 – were sealed after over 150 Covid-19 cases were reported there.

As a new UK variant strain is prevalent in Islamabad, more areas are expected to be locked down in coming days.

No-objection certificates (NOCs) issued to functions, festivals and gatherings are withdrawn.

Any kind of indoor activity will not be allowed. Outdoor functions will be only allowed for two hours with less than 300 people.

While talking to Pakistan Observer, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat who had tested positive a day earlier, said he was self-isolating and there were some sympto-
ms.

He requested the people to pray for him and follow the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as the third wave is here and it is proving deadlier and speedier than the earlier two waves.

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