ISLAMABAD: Over the past 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has reported 2,738 new cases of coronavirus, the largest single-day count in more than four months, pushing the cumulative number of active cases of Covid in the world to 33,562 on Friday.
The cases rose on a regular basis in record numbers as the provinces shifted to toughen up measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, with Punjab prohibiting indoor wedding ceremonies, and Karachi enforcing smart and micro-smart hotspots lockdowns.
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The Covid tally for Friday is the highest since 2,753 new cases were reported on July 12. In its daily report, the NCOC said the cumulative active cases of Covid-19 increased to 33,562 on Friday. It added that during the same time, 36 coronavirus patients, 32 of whom were in hospitals, died.
42,909 studies have been carried out nationally, according to the NCOC, including 14,470 in Sindh, 16,297 in Punjab, 4,269 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), 6,153 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 704 in Balochistan, 198 in Gilgit Baltistan (G-B) and 818 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
It said that so far, 327,542 individuals have recovered from the illness, making it a large count. A total of 368,665 cases have been reported since the pandemic outbreak so far, including AJK 5,806, Balochistan 16,642, G-B 4,494, ICT 25,719, K-P 43,359, Punjab 112, 893 and Sindh 159,752.
After the eruption of the infection, about 7,561 fatalities have been recorded in the region, including 2,780 in Sindh, 12 of whom died in hospital and four out of hospital on Thursday; 2,811 in Punjab, 15 of whom died in hospital, 1,319 in K-P with one death occurring in hospital, 266 in ICT, one of whom died in hospital, 158 in Balochistan, 93 in G-B and 134 in AJK, two of whom died in hospital.
As coronavirus cases began to rise across the world, the Sindh and Punjab provinces resorted to strict measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.
On Friday, enforcing the NCOC order, the Punjab government enforced a ban on indoor weddings and other ceremonies, while the administration in Karachi agreed to enforce a smart lockdown in the four districts of the city and a micro-smart lockdown in two districts.
The ban on indoor weddings would continue until 31 January, according to a notification released by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Care Minister, while weddings and other ceremonies would only be permitted in open spaces.
“At public celebrations, no more than 300 people will be allowed to gather,” the notice said. “In open space ceremonies, SOPs will have to be followed.” The provincial health secretary urged the people to support the government of Punjab.
Likewise, concerned about the exponential growth in the cases of Covid in Karachi, the city administration agreed to enforce smart and micro-smart lockdowns in six metropolitan districts. Officials said that official notification was scheduled to take place on Saturday (today) in this respect. (WITH APP’S INPUT)