ISLAMABAD: With climbing Covid-19 positivity ratio, which has touched almost four percent on Monday, the government has warned in case the people continued violating standard operating procedures (SOPs), the government may call Pakistan Army to enforce Covid-19 SOPs. This was stated by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SPAM) on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan, here while talking to the media.
According to official Covid-19 data, the country on Monday reported 1,808 Covid-19 cases taking the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 975,092 while the country also reported 15 Covid-19 deaths, taking the national death toll to 22,597 since the pandemic outbreak in Feb 2020.
The SPAM on health said due to the massive violations of the set Covid-19 SOPs by the masses, the government will be forced to call on the military for compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
He said the last few weeks have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the positivity rate going up from two percent to four percent.
He also spoke about the rapid increase in the delta variant of coronavirus cases, after an increase in the alpha variant.
Dr Sultan said the main cause of this surge is violation of the SOPs and the new variant of coronavirus coming from India.
Sultan expressed the belief that the best strategy to deal with coronavirus is to complete your vaccination, follow restrictions, and wear a mask in public places.
He said vaccination is necessary and that the country has an abundance of vaccines. He said people can travel once they are vaccinated and stressed that it is necessary to have a vaccination certificate to travel during the upcoming Eidul Azha holidays.
The SAPM on health said the SOPs will be strictly enforced in major cities and tourist destinations.
According to the latest statistics by the National Command and Operation Center, 47,015 tests for coronavirus were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, of which 1,808 people tested positive with a positivity rate stands at 3.84 percent.
The authorities so far have administered a total 19,883,900 corona vaccine doses to people across the country of which 3,942,291 people have been fully vaccinated and 15,941,609 partially.
According to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad, the Islamabad Capital Territory in the past 24 hours has detected 25 cases of delta variant, saying that Covid-19 positivity rate in the federal capital has once again crossed five percent level.
The DC Islamabad said the ICT administration has decided to impose a smart lockdown in certain areas owing to an increase in the coronavirus cases.
According to health authorities, Covid-19 positivity in Sindh has once again increased and at present, most of the cases are emerging from the Sindh province, wherein, coronavirus positivity ratio stands at 6.44 percent.
In the past 24 hours, Karachi has reported 14.58 percent Covid-19 positivity.
In the past 24 hours, Punjab has reported 224 Covid-19 infections and three deaths, taking the province’s infection tally to 348,309 and the death toll to 10,822.
Sindh reported 1,118 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths during the last 24 hours, taking the provincial case tally to 347,478 and the death toll to 5,607.
The last time Sindh had reported more daily cases was on May 29, when 1,342 infections were logged.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) reported 150 coronavirus cases and three deaths over the past 24 hours.
The Covid-19 case tally in the province has risen to 139,463 and the death toll has climbed to 4,362.
Balochistan has recorded 33 new cases, which have raised the provincial infection tally to 27,994.
No coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the province during the last 24 hours, and the death toll remains 317.
The ICT reported 117 cases and one death in the past 24 hours taking the cases tally to 83,764 and deaths toll to 784.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) reported 113 Covid-19 cases and no deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the caseload to 21,180 and death toll to 594, since the pandemic outbreak.
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) reported 53 Covid-19 cases and no deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the caseload to 6,904. The death toll in GB stands at 111.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021