Islamabad is to seal three of its sub-sectors following a spike in the COVID-19 rate, with the capital reporting over 345 cases in a single day. Sub-sectors F-11/1, I-8/4, and I-10/2 were sealed on Sunday night in an attempt to curb the rising positivity rate.

“More areas are expected to be locked down. The new UK variant strain is prevalent in Islamabad. NOCs issued to all functions, festivals, gatherings withdrawn. Any kind of indoor activity is not allowed. Outdoor functions are only allowed for 2 hours with less than 300 people,” Islamabad’s Deputy Commissioner stated in a post on Twitter.

The notification further banned offices from allowing more than 50% of their employees at a time while strictly adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“Any violation in any premises of social distancing or mask wearing will be sealed forthwith,” the Commissioner added.

In the last 24 hours, 2253 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan while 29 lost their lives, according to the latest statistics released by the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC). Most casualties were seen in the province of Punjab followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

As of March 15, the total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan stand at 22,038. Yesterday, 44,061 tests were conducted with Sindh conducting 8,036; Punjab:22,916; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP):6,931; Islamabad(ICT):4,773; Balochistan:483; Gilgit-Baltistan(GB):312 and Azad Kashmir(AJK):610.

Out of 1,756 ventilators reserved for COVID-19 patients in the country, 245 ventilators are currently occupied. There is no patient on the ventilator in AJK, GB, and Balochistan. So far, Pakistan has seen a total of 571,878 recoveries.

A total of 607,453 cases have been detected so far in the country with AJK reporting 11017; Balochistan:19220; GB:4961; ICT:48081, KPK:76104; Punjab:186659 and Sindh:261411.

Till now, Pakistan has recorded 13537 deaths. Punjab is on top of the list with 5769 casualties followed by Sindh:4458; KPK:2159; Islamabad: 526; Balochistan: 202; GB: 103 and AJK: 320.

631 hospitals in Pakistan are equipped with COVID-19 facilities with 2,329 patients being treated across the country. A total of 9,529,763 tests have been conducted so far.


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