COVID cases surge in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, food outlets sealed

COVID cases in Rawalpindi, Islamabad on the rise, 95 people tested positive during the last 24 hours

Two food outlets and a retail store were sealed in the federal capital as some employees of all three establishments tested positive for coronavirus. Gourmet Bakery, Kabul Restaurant and Hatim Super Market located in Jinnah Super Market were sealed by the authorities.

District Health Officer Dr. Zaeem Zia said that the workers contracted the virus from a local mosque in the area. Several members of the Imam of the mosque tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of weeks back after his father tested positive for the virus posthumously. The mosque and the attached seminary were earlier sealed by the authorities as well.

The cases in Rawalpindi-Islamabad twin cities are on the rise. During the last 24 hours, 95 people have tested positive for the virus. Three patient have also passed away due to COVID-19 in the same period. The current death tally in Islamabad is four while in Rawalpindi, it has reached 41.

On May 7, “we have notified 14 patients recovered from COVID19 in ICT. The percentage of recovered is getting g higher in ICT” Dr Zaeem tweeted. He said the virus is spreading as majority of Islamabad residents are not maintaining social distancing.

DC Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat also shared sector wise positive cases in Islamabad.

Two of the patients resided in Rawal Town, which has already reported about 20 deaths from the virus. The third patient hailed from the cantonment area. All three deceased were males over 60 years of age.

According to Executive District Officer (Health) Rawalpindi Dr. Sohail Ahmed Chaudhary, a total of 809 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the district with 195 patients discharged after regaining their health. During the last three days, 192 new cases have emerged in Rawalpindi.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 1,764 new cases of coronavirus have been reported all across Pakistan while there have been 35 deaths. The total number of positive cases in the country is close to 26,000 now.  

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