Islamabad comes under new restrictions as surge in cases continues


Federal capital reports 460 cases of Covid-19, four deaths in past 24 hours

Zubair Qureshi

A number of new restrictions were imposed on the federal capital Wednesday as the city reported 460 new cases of Covid-19 and 4 mortalities in the past twenty-four hours.

Spike in cases of Covid-19 continues despite the fact vaccination process is in full bloom and all the hospitals and rural health centres designated as vaccination centres remain crowded with elderly people and health workers for vaccination.

The new set of restrictions imposed on the federal capital include complete ban on indoor dining while the outdoor dining too is not allowed after 10 p.m.

In the open air only 300 persons are allowed for dining that too following strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), according to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC).

The district government in the light of the NCOC directions has through a notification imposed a ban on all types of sports events, festivals and other seminars etc.

However, people are allowed to walk or jog in the open with coronavirus SOPs, says the notification.

Marquee with proper ventilation and following the SOPs for coronavirus are also allowed to serve while the Inter-City Transport is also allowed with 50 per cent passengers on board.

According to the District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia, with 460 infections in the past twenty-four hours Islamabad’s total number of cases had surged to 53,136 and after four deaths in the last one day, the death toll has reached 552-mark.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court has declared Thursday (today) as holiday for the Islamabad High Court & Civil & Sessions Courts (East & West) keeping in view the Federal Government’s decision of public holiday on March 25.

The Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) wing of the Pak Army had earlier shifted the Pakistan Day parade from March 23 to March in view of inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad health department is yet to issue vaccination cards to over 29,000 people who have been vaccinated in the federal capital.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia while talking to Pakistan Observer said that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) would soon introduce a portal to download the vaccination card as the vaccination card would be a necessary travel document in the coming days.

It is worth mentioning that provinces, including Sindh and Punjab, have been issuing cards to people who are being vaccinated against Covid-19 and even in Rawalpindi too, the cards issued in hospitals carried the person’s name, vaccine, batch number and the date of vaccination.

We are working on the online approval made available on the website of the National Immunization Management System (NIMS) from where people could download the vaccination card by just entering their CNIC number,” said Dr Zaeem.