COVID-19 cases in capital witness sharp decline

ISLAMABAD   –  The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity ratio in the capital faced a sharp decline on Monday, however, load of patients on hospitals remained stagnant. 

The virus positivity ratio fell to the lowest in the previous seven days to 3.35% with more than 200 more positive cases and two deaths. 

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 beds occupancy in the hospitals remained high, while closure of educational institutions was also recommended after confirmation of multiple virus cases there. 

The district administration has also restricted the movement of residents in multiple streets and sectors.  According to the data released by the District Health Office (DHO) in the previous 24 hours, 6,330 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours and 212 persons tested positive.  According to the official stats, virus positivity ratio in the city dropped to 3.35% which is the lowest in the previous seven days.  

However, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Media Coordinator Dr. Waseem Khawaja said that despite the low positivity ratio of cases, patients’ load on hospitals has not decreased. 

He said that still around 150 patients are admitted in the hospital out of 200 allocated beds. Dr. Waseem also added that around 800 to 1,000 people are daily being vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine.  However, he said that non-implementation on COVID-19 SOPs was leading to patients ending up at hospital and more than 90% include those who have not been vaccinated. 

FMDC closed as corona cases emerge

The DHO has recommended the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to close the Federal Medical Dental College (FMDC) and its hostel after confirmation of the COVID-19 cases there. 

The letter written to the city administration said that it has been observed that eight cases of COVID-19 have been reported in college and hostel of Federal Medical College, G-8/4, Islamabad. 

It is hereby advised to immediately close both the college and hostel premises for a period till further intimation by the office of the undersigned and conduct thorough disinfection activities as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination.  Furthermore, COVID-19 testing of all the exposed students and staff must be performed and adherence to SOP’s must be ensured. All the close contacts of the cases must be quarantined for a period of 14 days.

Movement restricted in multiple streets, areas and sub-sectors

The district administration also issued orders of restricting movement in multiple streets, areas and sub-sectors of the city after increase in COVID-19 cases. 

The letter said that it is stated that on the basis of surveillance activities of the ‘DHO Surveillance Teams’ and Covid-19 test results from public and private labs and hospitals in Islamabad, it was observed that there are more COVID-19 cases in few streets, areas, and sub-sectors (mentioned below) as compared to the rest of Islamabad. Thus, it is recommended to restrict movement in the given streets in order to avoid any further spread of infection in these areas. The areas, streets and sub-sectors include streets 54 and 56 in sector G-7/2, street 9 in sector I-10/2, street 1 in sector G-9/2, streets 34 and 52 in sector G-9/1, street 11 in sector E-11/4, street 112 in sector I-10/4, and streets 2, 8, 10, 70,77, 122, 125, and 126 in sector G-9/3.

The letter said that the surveillance teams are in the field for active case search in order to ensure the safety of the community and to contain the virus spread. 

It is requested earnestly that emergency measures be adopted to control the progression of COVID-19 cases. 

Strict implementation of restriction of movement, NPIs (wearing face mask, ensuring hand hygiene through hand sanitizer/ hand washing in public places and physical distancing) and COVID-19 vaccination of all residents of these areas must be ensured amid rise of COVID-19 cases.


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