Islamabad sees a significant increase in coronavirus cases

Nearly 5,000 tests were held yesterday with 186 positive results, highest since July

The positive coronavirus cases in Islamabad are on a rise and 186 people tested positive for Covid yesterday, the highest since July. A number of educational institutions have been shut recently where positive cases were found. IMCG F-7/2 has been sealed once again with two positive cases after it was reopened on October 19 after two weeks prior closure.

Federal Capital’s District Health Officer Dr. Zaeem Zia said that the number of test being done has increased in recent days. Nearly 5,000 tests were carried out yesterday.

“Conducting more tests provides the opportunity to detect and trace more cases and break the chain, as undiagnosed cases increase the chance of spread of the virus. Once a case is confirmed, it becomes possible to ensure that the patient will stay at his/her house or in isolation so that the virus does not spread,” he said.

Parts of the city were previously closed down to ensure that the virus did not spread. This largely spared the city from economic woes as complete shutdowns were not put in place. It also helped in lowering the transmission of COVID-19 to other parts of the city.

Rawalpindi

Two people passed away in Rawalpindi while thirteen new cases emerged in the metropolis. Thus far, nearly 7,500 people have tested positive for the virus in the district with more than 300 passing away.

Commissioner retired Capt. Mohammad Mehmood urged the people to come to terms with the reality of the virus and exercise precautions.

“People should be made aware of safety measures. We have to live with the reality of the virus and should maintain a social distance in public places, wear masks and wash hands,” he said.

Pakistan experiencing higher numbers

Pakistan has emerged as an example of controlling the virus through smart lockdowns and continuing most economic activities. However, in recent days, the number of cases is on the rise. Many restricted activities, such as schools, marriage halls, and other places of public gatherings have opened. Many people are not practicing the social distancing rules in place which is pushing the numbers upward. Caution must be exercised to stem the flow of the new coronavirus cases.

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