Islamabad faces ‘extraordinary’ positivity; 402 persons test positive in last twenty-four hours

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Zubair Qureshi

The District Administration of Islamabad has imposed Section 144 in the federal capital making wearing of masks a mandatory act for the next two months.

The step has been taken in the backdrop of a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, Covid-19 situation in Islamabad was being monitored on daily basis.

A few areas with the highest corona spread ratio are being monitored but the decision of closing down any residential sector has not yet been finalized, the DC further said in a statement adding, the rumor of sealing of G-10 and G-8 was not true.

Federal capital on Saturday reported an alarming increase in the number of cases as 402 new infections were reported in the last twenty-four hours.

According to the District health authorities the situation is worsening in the federal capital and the district health department seems all at a loss with regard to dealing this new and quite unexpected challenge.

As more and more people are being vaccinated and the temperatures are rising, we had expected the virus situation to subside but the figures tell something quite different and alarming, said a senior doctor of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.

District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia in a message on social media also admitted that the federal capital was facing ‘extraordinary’ positivity. In the past we have seen more than 10pc positivity, he further said.

On Saturday the single-day count of Covid-19 cases was 402, further said Dr Zaeem Zia adding the tests performed against them were 6,105 whereas positivity has surged to 6.5 per cent, he further said.

Meanwhile, two more persons died because of Covid-19 in the last twenty-four hours taking the total number of mortalities to 522.

After the new cases of Covid-19, the total number of cases surged to 47,365 while the recoveries were 43,808.

Meanwhile, 1,566 persons above 60 years have been vaccinated in Islamabad. These persons received their first shots at various vaccination centres set up at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Polyclinic, THQs and rural health centres.

On Saturday 396 elderly persons were vaccinated while a day earlier, on March 12, around 115 persons were vaccinated at the Polyclinic, likewise, at PIMS 36 persons of above 60 were vaccinated.

In short, during the last three days, a total of 1,566 persons were administered first shots of Covid-19 said an official of the DHO.