Islamabad’s Margallah Hills National Park has been shut down by authorities in the capital, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Pakistan. The Chairman of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board announced that the park and trails 2 to 6, will be closed for the public.

The board stated that the park had been sealed due to the “current spike in COVID-19 and upcoming March 23rd parade,” adding that the “park and trails will re open on March 24th for weekdays only.”

“Trails will be closed on Saturday and Sunday,” said Rina Khan, Chairman of Islamabad’s Wildlife Management Board.

In the last 24 hours, 2351 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan while 61 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.

As of March 17, the total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan stand at 22,792. Yesterday, 38,799 tests were conducted with Sindh conducting 8,878; Punjab:16,132; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP):7,001; Islamabad(ICT):5,260; Balochistan:545; Gilgit-Baltistan(GB):334 and Azad Kashmir(AJK):649.

Out of 1,756 ventilators reserved for COVID-19 patients in the country, 263 ventilators are currently occupied. There is no patient on the ventilator in AJK, GB, and Balochistan. So far, Pakistan has seen a total of 575,867 recoveries.

A total of 612,315 cases have been detected so far in the country with AJK reporting 11161; Balochistan:19247; GB:4965; ICT:48938, KPK:76819; Punjab:189362 and Sindh:261823.

Till now, Pakistan has recorded 13656 deaths. Punjab is on top of the list with 5853 casualties followed by Sindh:4468; KPK:2179; Islamabad: 529; Balochistan: 202; GB: 103 and AJK: 322.

631 hospitals in Pakistan are equipped with COVID-19 facilities with 2,487 patients being treated across the country. A total of 9,603,865 tests have been conducted so far.


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