Islamabad’s positivity remains below 1pc for second day in a row


Capital can be declared ‘Covid-19 free’ if public continues to show same level of responsibility

Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital on Wednesday reported 0.89 percent positivity rate and Wednesday turned out to be the second day in a row when the positivity remained less than 1 pc in the city.

District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad while talking to Pakistan Observer confirmed more than 50 per cent of the eligible population of the city has been administered Covid-19 vaccine jabs and the drive is underway successfully both in rural and urban areas of the federal capital with more and more people coming for vaccination.

If Islamabad’s public shows the same level of responsibility, following all the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and receiving jabs, the day is not far when Islamabad will be declared ‘Covid-19 Free City,’ he said.

During the last twenty-four hours, a total of 4,170 tests were conducted out of which 37 were reported positivity in Islamabad and the positivity rate thus turned out to be 0.89 percent.

A day earlier on Tuesday too, the Covid-19 positivity rate was 0.9 per cent as 31 were reported positive after 3,463 tests in the last twenty-four hours.

Even on Monday, June 14, it had dropped to 1 pc (34 new cases after 3,224 tests).
A helpline has been set up at the district health office to make phone calls to all those reluctant citizens who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine but are not turning up for the second.

We have the data of all those saved with us as well as National Database And Registration Authority (NADRA) and our team is calling them at their numbers from our official landline connection to request them to get their second jab in a day or two, said Dr Zaeem.

According to Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) had 85 per cent compliance report but 15 per cent are yet to be administered the second dose.

He admitted even 15 per cent was a large number as the daily administration of Covid-19 vaccine was between 250,00 to 300,000 in the country.

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