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More Islamabad sectors sealed after biggest jump in Covid-19 cases in two months

Islamabad Covid-19

On Sunday, the Islamabad Capital Territory administration sealed 10 streets in seven residential sectors after 158 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the area.

According to the city’s District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia Islamabad reported 186 cases on Saturday out of total 4,946 tests carried out. According to official data, there were 157 new cases reported on Sunday out of 4,057 tests carried out in the last 24 hours. The test-positivity rate is 3.76pc.

Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat said, “Every street that has been sealed has five or more cases of Covid-19. The decision has been made to keep the residents in isolation so that the spread of the virus can be stopped.”

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of National Health Services, Islamabad’s District Health Office teams have carried out Covid-19 surveillance activities in various streets in the city. They detected the increasing number of cases and decided to seal those streets with a higher number of cases.

According to the issued notification, “In order to decrease further transmission of the Covid-19 infection in given areas of Islamabad. Timely and proper smart lockdown in these areas will help in cutting the chain of infection in Islamabad.

These streets are Street 46 of F-11/3, Street 23 of F-11/2, Street 58 of 1-8/2, Street 57 of I-8/3, Street 91 of I-8/4, Street 10 in Block D of Media Town, Street 12 of l-10/2, Street 33 of G-11/2, Street 30 of Pakistan Town Phase 1 and Street 35 of G-6/2.”

Moreover, teams from the District Health Office will keep a strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and extensive contact tracing will be carried out in these streets and adjacent areas.

Mr. Shafqaat said the administration is anticipating a second wave of Covid-19. “As cases have been increasing for the last month, I believe that the second wave has already arrived in the federal capital. However a good thing is that we have fewer patients on ventilators, due to which the situation is under control,” he said.

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