KP to block SIM cards as Delta variant rings alarm bells in Peshawar

Tariq Saeed

With the provincial metropolis Peshawar recording highest number of cases of Delta variant, the provincial government is seriously mulling to block the National ID Card of those who are not vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

“Almost 70% of the new coronavirus cases reported in Peshawar are of the Delta variant”. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department Wednesday said in an alarming disclosure.

According to officials, violations of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain the deadly epidemic were leading to a rapid increase in the infection rate of the Corona.

“If the virus trend stays the same, the pressure on hospitals will increase,” KP Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra cautioned adding to curb this the government was mulling on closing SIM cards of unvaccinated people and shutting OPDs.” The Delta variant of the coronavirus, also known as the Indian variant, has spread to more than 70 countries.

It was first detected in India in December 2020. It is highly transmissible and appears to be more severe.

The variant appears to cause severe symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss, and joint pain.

Other symptoms include skin rash, change in the color of toes, sore throat, shortness of breath, as well as loss of smell, diarrhea, headache, and runny nose.

“Most of the public and private hospitals in Peshawar have reached their maximum capacity”.

The Health Minister KP warned and maintained that the National Disaster Management Authority has provided an additional 50% beds. “But hospitalization is the last stage. People need to follow SOPs and get vaccinated.” Minister said.

According to statistics so far, only 20% population of Peshawar has been immunized against the novel coronavirus.

The Provincial government has already launched its door-to-door vaccination campaign in Peshawar, Charsadda, Noshehra, Mohmand, and Khyber tribal district.

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