Covid-19 cases decline in capital, 42 reported in 24 hours


Zubair Qureshi

Member Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Council Saeed Afzal died of coronavirus leaving his constituency in District Diamer in a state of shock and grief.
He was admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after he tested positive some two weeks back.
However, his condition deteriorated and he breathed his last late Thursday.
An ambulance left for Diamer earlier Friday with his body where the funeral prayers will be held.
Federal Minister for Kashmir Ali Amin Gandapur has expressed his condolences with the family and members of the GB Council over the sad demise of Saeed Afzal and termed his death a huge loss for his people.
Meanwhile, Islamabad on Friday reported quite promising results with regard to progress against Covid-19.
On Friday, only 44 new cases were reported taking the total tally of infections to 14,766.
For the last two consecutive days, no death was reported from Islamabad and its periphery keeping the number of deaths at 162. So far 12,023 recoveries from Covid-19 have been reported, said the Health Ministry’s portal.
According to the District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia, the virus is on the back-foot because of the smart lockdown strategy and health guidelines strongly enforced in the federal capital.
“In Islamabad the percentage of recoveries from virus is as high as 82.58% while the number of active cases are at 2,409, said Dr Zaeem on his social media post.
The percentage of infections in Islamabad is as low as 16.30% while death ratio stands at 1.09%, he further shared.
The federal capital administration is not only acting swiftly on contact-tracing, it is also vigilant in the local markets ensuring all the SOPs are strictly enforced there.
The capital administration imposed fines worth Rs23,500 on shopkeepers for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued to prevent the spread of the virus.
Five hotels were also sealed. The administration also took action against profiteers and imposed Rs11,000 fines on them.

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