ISLAMABAD: With nearly 600 new Covid-19 infections reported over the weekend, five residential sub-sectors were sealed for at least a week by the capital administration on Sunday.
The order will come into effect today (Monday) at 10 am Islamabad. To restrict the spread of the disease, the police have been told to cordon off the sealed areas.
“The decision was made because of the steadily increasing number of cases involving Covid-19. As District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia told Dawn, we hope that by sealing the sectors, we will be able to break the virus chain and reduce the rate of spread.
According to a notification issued on Sunday by Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat and available to Dawn, I-8/3, I-8/4, G-9/1, G-10/4 and G-6/2 were sealed to prevent Covid-19 from spreading to the community as of 10 a.m. on November 9.
The order exemptions include essential services and supplies, including pharmacies, patients in need of medical assistance, rationing, supplies of drinking water, and emergencies.
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Citizens are required to make prior arrangements for their convenience, including rationing, medicines, and reschedule their commitments / work prior to the start of the date and time of lockdown / sealing, said the notice.
The decision was made by an official from the Ministry of National Health Services who requested not to be named because the public did not take the illness seriously.
A large number of people, unfortunately, still believe that the virus is a conspiracy. Although the best alternative to a vaccine is considered to be a mask, people do not bother to wear masks. “We have no choice but to seal subsectors that have reported the most instances,” he said.
The subsectors were being sealed for seven days, Dr Zia said, but this could be extended.
In the course of one week, we will conduct surveillance, contact training and disinfect sectors so that the spread of the virus can be controlled. The most effective way to control the virus is to have smart lockdowns. “We hope the positivity of the cases will again be reduced,” he said.
On Sunday, 255 cases of Covid-19 were reported, while 335 cases were reported a day earlier. The level of positivity on Sunday was 4pc. In the capital, there are currently 2,191 active cases.
Twenty-two cases were reported from G-10, followed by 20 from G-8 and the Institute of Medical Sciences of Pakistan, 16 from G-13, 13 from F-11 and 12 from I-8.
The Postgraduate College for Women in F-7/2 of the Federal Government was also sealed. For the third time in less than two months, the institution was closed Islamabad.
We will conduct surveillance, contact training, and disinfect sectors over the course of one week so that the spread of the virus can be controlled. Having smart lockdowns is the most effective way to control the virus. “We hope the positivity of the cases is reduced again,” he said.
255 Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday, while 335 cases were reported a day earlier. Sunday’s level of positivity was 4pc. There are presently 2,191 active cases in the capital.
Twenty-two cases from G-10 were reported, followed by 20 from G-8 and the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, 16 from G-13, 13 from F-11 and 12 from I-8.
The Federal government’s Postgraduate College for Women in F-7/2 was also sealed. The institution was closed for the third time in under two months.
A total of 405 patients died, 7,195 in Rawalpindi, 632 in Attock, 500 in Jhelum and 266 in Chakwal, 334 in Rawalpindi, 41 in Chakwal, 21 in Attock and nine in Jhelum, and 8,593 patients recovered.
On Sunday, 7 individuals tested positive for Covid-19 in the district of Attock, where the total number of infections reached 675.
This is the highest number of new cases reported during the second wave of the pandemic in a single day, a report from the local health department said.
Dr. Saeed Akhter, the district’s Covid-19 focal person, said that four of the new patients are from Attock city, two from Hassanabdal and one from Hazro.
In the district, there are 29 active patients who are all isolated in their homes. 1,442 suspected patients are still awaiting their results.
According to statistics released by the health authorities on Sunday, five people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Taxila, bringing the tally to 577.
The local health department’s report stated that all the cases belonged to urban areas in Wah.
In the area, there are 90 active cases, all in home isolation.
Published in Dharti News, November 9th, 2020