RAWALPINDI: Acting on the orders of the Government of Punjab, on Wednesday, the district administration placed lock-downs in 19 localities of the district of Rawalpindi, including 16 in the garrison area, until 21 December, following a rise in the number of patients with Covid-19 in the last two weeks.
Eight deaths were registered in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and 468 new cases emerged on Wednesday, according to statistics released by the administrations of the twin cities.
Dhoke Najju, Khayaban-i-Sir Syed Sector 3, Waris Khan, Eidgah Mohallah Asghar Mall and Chaklala Scheme-3 were sealed while streets were closed in different places, including 3rd and 4th streets in Gulistan Colony, 16th street in Asif Colony Qasimabad, Pindora streets, 12th street in Daryabad Gawalmandi, 11th and 16th streets in Gulraiz Housing Scheme Phase 2, 17th street in Asif Colony Qasimabad, 7th street in Pindora, 12th street in Daryabad Gawalmandi, 11th and 16th streets in Gulraiz Housing Scheme Phase 2, 17 street No.
Shamsabad Madina Village, Westridge-II, Gulshanabad Adiala, Muslim Town and Rahim Town Shakrial were sealed with selected buildings. Three areas in Gujar Khan in Brahma Taxila, Dupri Kahuta Village and Ward 19 18th Street.
According to official statistics, 45 cases in the last two weeks have been identified from Dhoke Najju Khayaban-i-Sir Syed Sector 3, Waris Khan, Eidgah Mohallah Asghar Mall and Chaklala Scheme-3, while 83 patients in the same time have been reported from other regions.
The entry of individuals into these areas and roads would be prohibited. Grocery markets, tandoors and gas stations will stay open from 9am to 7pm during the week. Hospitals, hospitals and prescription shops will now be open 24 hours a day. Milk and meat shops, on the other side, will be allowed to work seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.
Retired Deputy Commissioner Capt Anwarul Haq told Dharti News that all of these areas had been closed to prevent further spread of the city’s deadly virus, adding that the number of patients had risen after March in those areas where no such cases had been registered.
Meanwhile, five people died from the virus on Wednesday in the Rawalpindi district, while 109 patients tested positive. As many as 153 Covid-19 patients recovered.
On December 3, Farzana Bibi, 65, a resident of Madina City, Shamsabad, was taken to the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology, where she died on Wednesday.
On Dec 7, Bashir Khan, 76, a Murree Road native, arrived at the Holy Family Hospital, but died on Tuesday night. Saeeda Naseem, 30, from Adwala Kahuta, died at the Tehsil Hospital, where she was admitted on 7 December.
On December 7, Zahida Nasir, 60, an Afshan Colony resident, was taken to Dr Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital, where she died late on Tuesday night. On December 8, Shamim Akhtar, 65, a resident of the village of Pir Penya, arrived at Fauji Foundation Hospital where she succumbed to the virus on Wednesday. A total of 1,196 confirmed patients are being treated in the area, with 135 in hospitals and 1,061 isolated from home. Retired Commissioner Capt Mohammad Mehmood told Dharti News that 1,070 cases were registered in Rawalpindi during the first nine days of December, while 49 people lost their lives, adding that 1,187 patients had recovered, the highest number since September.
298 patients were registered, eight people died and 327 patients recovered in September. 635 cases were registered, 32 people died and 490 patients recovered in October. 1,779 individuals contracted the virus in November, 88 people lost their lives, and 1,539 recovered, he said.
In the number of cases in Islamabad, an improvement was seen as 359 people tested positive on Wednesday.
The positive rate also rose to 6.2pc from 4.8pc recorded on Tuesday, according to capital administration officials.
5,719 checks were carried out over the last 24 hours, of which 422 were contacts of reported cases and 5,297 were other suspects, the officials said.
In Islamabad, the use of hospital beds with oxygen allocated to Covid-19 patients stands at 61pc, the highest of the 13 major cities.
In the capital on Wednesday, three patients lost their lives, officials said, adding that two deaths were registered in separate hospitals, while one died outside Islamabad.
One of the patients, they added, was on the ventilator, adding that the deceased were Lohi Bher and G-8 residents.
According to statistics, 34 cases each were detected in Lohi Bher and Bhara Kahu, followed by 22 in Tarlai, 19 in G-6, 18 in I-8, 16 in G-8, 15 in Alipur, 14 in E-11, 13 in G-7, 12 each in G-9 and F-6, 10 each in G-10 and F-11, nine in Chak Shahzad, eight each in G-11, I-10, Khanna and G-14, seven each in F-10 and F-7, six each in G-13, Rawat, F-8 and G-5, five each in Kurri, H-13 and Chirrah, three each in Rawal Town, Kirpa, Sihala, D-12 and Bari Imam, two each in Sohan, I-9, G-15, H-12, Saidpur and Gokina and one each in I-14, Tarnol, E-7, E-9, Jhangi Syedan, F-15 and Pind Begwal.The capital had 6,069 active cases on Wednesday, the officials said.