Five areas sealed after increase in Covid-19 cases

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134,339 Covid vaccine shots administered in Rawalpindi


City Reporter

The district administration Rawalpindi on the directives of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Care Commission has sealed five parts of the city and Cantonment areas to ensure public safety.

According to a notification issued the areas which have been sealed from May 4/5 midnight till May 13, 9pm include Khayban Shumali, Asghar Mall Scheme, Satellite Town, D-Block, ARL colony Morgah and 26-Afandi colony.

The notification said that the decision was taken in the larger public interest and was taken in exercise of powers conferred under the Punjab Infectious Disease Act, 2020 to ensure public safety, conserve lives, maintain peace and tranquillity.

There will be controlled entry and exit in the said areas identified as hotspots of C virus disease, the notification elaborated.

Deputy Commissioner Capt (Retd) Anwar ul Haq told the media that maximum arrangements for the treatment of Covid-19 patients have been made; besides all possible preventive measures are in place to meet any eventuality.

He said a full-scale fumigation drive is underway in different localities of the city especially where corona suspects have been found.

The DC advised the citizens to avoid crowded places, stay at home and follow safety measures issued by the government.

Meanwhile, as many as 134,339 people have been administered jabs of anti-Covid vaccine at 24 centres across the district since March 10.

Some 17,796 frontline workers and 116,543 people, including senior citizens, had received the shots so far, District Health Officer (DHO) Rawalpindi Dr Jawad Zahid told media on Wednesday.

He said the vaccination of people of 40 years and above was also being carried out at all the vaccination centres of the district.

Dr Jawad said the district health authority had registered 112 new infections during the last 24 hours, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 24,373 in the district. About 22,499 of the positive cases belonged to Rawalpindi and 1874 to other districts.

The DHO said 22,031 patients had recovered, while 3,040 were suffering from the deadly illness, 1,762 of the quarantined at homes and 1,278 in isolation.

“Presently 161 confirmed patients were admitted to hospitals, including 28 in Holy Family Hospital, 29 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, 75 in Institute of Urology, 20 in Fauji Foundation Hospital, eight in Hearts International Hospital and one in Begum Akhtar Memorial Trust Hospital,” he added.

He said 32 of the patients reported duringg the last 24 hours belonged to Rawal Town, 33 Potohar Town, 34 Rawalpindi Cantt, three Gujar Khan, two Taxila, gour Kotli Sattian, and one each from Kalar Syeda, Kahutta, Murree, Chakwal, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Lahore. Dr Jawad said five patients died during the last 24 hours.