COVID-19: Pakistan records highest single-day death toll of fourth-wave

COVID-19: Pakistan records highest single-day death toll of fourth-wave

According to statistics from Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Centre, the COVID-19 caused 95 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day toll during the pandemic’s current fourth wave.

There have been 131 fatalities in Pakistan as of May 20. With the latest deaths, the total death toll now stands at 23,797.

On Saturday, the nation recorded 4,720 new illnesses, bringing the total number of cases to 1,063,125. According to NCOC statistics, 57,233 COVID-19 tests were performed in the past 24 hours.

So far, 959,491 people have recovered, but there are still 79,837 ongoing cases.

In Pakistan, infection rates have increased significantly in recent days, with the positive rate now at 8.24 percent.

For the first time in almost three months, the COVID-19 positivity rate surpassed 9% earlier this week. On May 10, the nation had a coronavirus positivity rate of 9.12 percent.

The government of Sindh has ordered a partial lockdown till August 8, while the governments of Punjab and AJK have also imposed partial lockdowns. Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, and Faisalabad are all under lockdown in Punjab.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) banned airlines from providing meals on domestic flights on Thursday, amid a COVID-19 problem in Pakistan, with double-digit positivity ratios recently recorded in key cities.

The restrictions are in accordance with guidelines from the National Command and Operation Centre, the top organization in charge of Pakistan’s battle against COVID-19, according to a notice from the authorities.

According to the CAA, all stakeholders are responsible for ensuring that coronavirus safety measures are implemented.

Beginning July 21, airlines were permitted to offer pre-packaged meals.

Pakistan International Airlines stated earlier today that the usual half-liter mineral water bottle would no longer be supplied to customers.

The staff will offer passengers water in a glass upon request, according to the notice.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday issued revised restrictions for inbound international travelers as the fourth wave of COVID-19 gripped the country and the government imposed curbs to control the spread of the virus.

CAA in a letter sent to airlines operating in the country said that new restrictions will come into force from August 9.

The new SOPs include:

  • All inbound passengers aged six years or above will be required to possess a valid negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.
  • All passengers aged six and above will undergo Rapid Antigen Testing upon arrival in Pakistan.
  • Positive-testing passengers between the ages of six and 12 years will be home quarantined under the supervision of the concerned civil administration.
  • Positive-testing passengers above 12 years of age will be quarantined at a designated facility as per procedure already in vogue.

Earlier this year, the government had revoked the condition for passengers whose RAT tests returned negative to isolate in their homes.

Previously, those testing positive were required to quarantine themselves in their homes rather than in any government facilities.

However, the rules have been revised as the CAA has made it mandatory for passengers, who test positive, above 12 years of age to quarantine at a designated facility.

“Considering the volatile nature of the COVID-19 situation, any or all arriving passengers may also be subjected to additional stipulations as mandated by the relevant health authorities upon arrival in Pakistan,” the advisory added.

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