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Covid-19 positivity ratio increases to 4.5%, virus spreading rapidly in major cities: NCOC 


ISLAMABAD:

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC ) on Monday warned that the positivity ratio of Covid-19 had increased to 4.5pc across the country with a rapid increase in 15 major cities.

During a meeting held today, the NCOC – the nerve centre of the government’s unified efforts to stem Covid-19 spread – observed that Hyderabad had the highest positivity ration at 16.69pc, followed by Gilgit at 15.38pc, Multan at 15.97pc, Muzafarabad at 14.12pc, Mirpur at 11.11pc, Peshawar with 9.69pc, Quetta with 8.03pc, Islamabad with 7.48pc, Karachi with 7.12pc, Lahore with 5.37pc and Rawalpindi with 4.63pc.

Updating the forum on administrative measures and enforcement efforts, the chief secretaries of the provinces informed the forum on guidelines in their respective cities regarding wearing of face masks and arrangements for outdoor weddings.

The NCOC was apprised that 4,136 micro-small lockdowns were in place across Pakistan and the tracing, testing and quarantine (TTQ) strategy was being used to limit the spread of the virus. Furthermore, the NCOC was told that the recent health guidelines will remain enforced in 16 major cities till January 31, 2021.

Regarding medical equipment, the NCOC was told that 2,811 oxygenated beds were included to ramp up hospitals capacity and over 13,000 oxygen cylinders were issued to various provinces,

NCOC appreciated efforts of the provinces for taking prompt and necessary measures in line with health guidelines for the safety and wellbeing of the public.

The country recorded 1,650 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours and at least six more people succumbed to the virus. Since last week, the number of single-day new cases had crossed 1,000 mark for the first time since the first week of August.

Earlier, the government ordered work-from-home policy for half of the staff in both public and private sector offices and relatively broader smart lockdowns in the urban centres of the country as part of the second phase of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

 



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