The federal government has promised the strict implementation of standard operating procedures across the country after witnessing a consistent rise in novel Coronavirus infections and fatalities during its second wave.
Prime Minister Imran Khan issued orders for strict adherence of Covid-19 SOPs across the country besides directing provinces to comply with the government’s strategy to curb the virus spread, sources privy to the development said.
The provincial chief secretaries will supervise the stern implementation of the prevention measures in all provinces with the assistance of local administrations, said sources, adding that the violators will face penalties like fines and sealing of properties.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has reported 87 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 454,673. The nationwide tally of fatalities jumped to 9,250 on Saturday.
Till now 202,983 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 130,706 in Punjab 54,448 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 35,905 in Islamabad, 17,880 in Balochistan, 7,937 in Azad Kashmir and 4,814 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
In the past 24 hours, 87 more people succumbed to the disease, taking the According to the National Command and Operation Centre, with fresh inclusion of the infections in the country the national tally of cases now currently stands at 451,494.
Karachi stands at top of the cities in term of COVID-19 positivity rate up to 11.8 per cent and the lowest rate was recorded in Gilgit-Baltistan region up to 1.07 per cent.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the positivity rate was recorded at 7.47 pc, 3.56 pc in Balochistan, 3.86 pc in Punjab, 3.57 pc in Islamabad, 8.19 pc in KP, 9.2 pc in Sindh, 6.92 pc in Rawalpindi, 2.43 pc in Faisalabad, 6.3 pc in Hyderabad, 9.23 pc in Peshawar, 3.7 pc in Swat, 1.6 pc in Balochistan capital Quetta, 4.13 pc in Muzaffarabad and 7.92 pc in Mirpur.