Pakistan is consuming at least 90% of oxygen it is producing, said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on national health services Faisal Sultan on Saturday.
Dr Sultan said that Pakistan is using 90% of the total 800 metric tonnes of oxygen produced by the government. The capacity was increased by 380 metric tonnes by the PTI-led government.
Cities with 10% coronavirus positivity ratio to be sealed
Prime Minister Imran Khan supervised a meeting with the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan to review the ongoing coronavirus situation in the country.
The premier was given details on the ongoing situation during the meeting after which he called a meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Coronavirus on Friday, April 23 at 12pm.
The chief ministers of all 4 provinces and chief secretaries attended the meeting and sources said that complete lockdown might be imposed in cities where the rate of coronavirus positivity has exceeded 10%.
The sources also said, if the complete lockdown is imposed, business activities in selected cities will be suspended, while all offices will also be closed.
Pakistan saw 5,908 new cases of coronavirus along with 157 deaths on 23rd April. The current positivity ratio has been recorded at 10.17%, while at present, there are 86,529 active cases in the country.
Pakistan has recorded 790,016 cases since the outbreak of coronavirus in February 2020, out of which 686,488 patients have successfully recovered. Meanwhile, 16,999 people have so far succumbed to the disease.
Moreover, according to a notification by the Sindh home department, three localities of Karachi’s District Central were put under a “smart” lockdown yesterday evening. The notification also said that those areas to go into lockdown are Gulberg, North Karachi and North Nazimabad.
The lockdown will remain in effect till 5th May. In the affected neighborhoods of the three localities, there are a total of 13 patients.