Islamabad crosses yet another grim milestone as 443 cases of Covid-19 reported

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Zubair Qureshi

Federal capital on Wednesday reported the highest number of single-day coronavirus infections in the last three months, 443, alarming the city’s health and administration departments to deal swiftly with the emerging situation.

Earlier, the highest numbers of cases were reported a day earlier (Tuesday) when 414 cases were reported.

With addition of these new cases, Islamabad’s total number of infections stood at 48,936 while two deaths in the same period brought the number of deaths to 529.

According to officials of the capital administration, the last time Islamabad recorded the highest number on Dec 6, 2020 when 422 cases surfaced.

The gap between the recoveries and infections is increasing with the passage of every day as against the total 48,936 cases, 44,636 recoveries from the virus have been reported so far.

District Health Officer of Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia in a statement on Wednesday said though new cases of Covid-19 are being reported, the vaccination process is also going smoothly and swiftly.

“We are establishing a mass vaccination centre urgently where citizens above 70 years old will be vaccinated on a walk-in basis,” said Dr Zaeem.

The new mass vaccination centre will be set up at the Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Center (IHITC), further said Dr Zaeem.

About the prevalence of coronavirus in various sectors, localities and areas of Islamabad he said the District Health Department has issued a chart with a number of colours signifying the intensity and gravity of the situation.

Red colour marks the highest prevalence and these sectors include F-11, Bhara Kahu, G-9/1, G-10/4, I-10/2 and Bani Gala.

The orange zone indicates the sectors that are mildly hit by the virus. They include G-9/4, I-8/4, I-8/2, Shehzad Town, G-11/1, G-10/2, I-10/1, 4, Bahria Town Phase III, F-10/2 and G-6/2.

The rest of the areas, sectors and localities have been categorized in green zones where the probability of coronavirus is minimum, according to the DHO Islamabad.

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