Pakistan’s daily Covid-19 cases reach 1,000 for first time since July

Pakistan reported on Friday that its daily Covid-19 cases cross more than 1,000 mark on October 29 for the first time since July.

The National Command and Operation Centre released a statement saying that 1,078 people tested positive for the Covid-19 on Thursday.

Data collected by Dawn.com shows the country last reported above 1,000 cases on July 29 with 1,074 infections recorded.

The NCOC has said in a press release issued today that Pakistan presently has 11,864 active cases with 32,933 tests conducted on Thursday.

Amongst those cases, 11,504 were in Sindh, 11,432 in Punjab, 5,229 in Islamabad, 3,211 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 603 in Balochistan, 599 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 355 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the statement, there are 753 hospitals with Covid-19 facilities and 808 patients admitted across Pakistan.

The country has seen an increasing in the Covid-19 positivity ratio in recent days. Asad Umar, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, also confirmed Pakistan’s national positivity rate had exceeded 3% after 70 days.

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid also urged people around the country to wear masks and practice social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The NCOC announced earlier this week a schedule for commercial and social activities in 11 cities which were most vulnerable to the virus, including Islamabad, Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gilgit, Hyderabad, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Quetta, and Peshawar.

Commercial activities such as shopping malls, markets, restaurants, and marriage halls will have to be closed at 10 pm and amusement or public parks at 6 pm every day. Wearing a face mask has been required at public places with a fine of Rs6,000 to Rs35,000 along with a punishment of six-month imprisonment being slapped on violators.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan announced that the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has started in Pakistan while the public was not following SOPs to the extent necessary for preventing the spread of the virus.