ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan on Saturday said that currently, the hospitals across the country are dealing with an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Sultan said that the highest number of covid cases being reported in Punjab.
Dr Faisal also urged the masses to completely adhere to the health-related SOPs. It is our responsibility to wear face masks in public places.
On Covid vaccine, SAPM said: “Citizens above 70 years, can get themselves vaccinated from anywhere, there is no barrier for them.”
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing day by day as Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio closed in on 10%.
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan carried out 40,946 tests in the last 24 hours out of which 3,876 returned positive, taking the national positivity ratio to 9.46%.
With the new cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 623,135 and the active cases in the country stand at 27,188.
Total cases showed that 262,796 cases have been detected in Sindh, 195,087 cases in Punjab, 78,653 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,306 in Balochistan, 50,843 in Islamabad, 4,967 in Gilgit Baltistan, 11,483 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
In the last 24 hours, the country lost 42 people to the deadly virus, taking the nationwide death tally to 13,799.
So far, 579,760 have recovered from the coronavirus after testing positive.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has asked the people to be very careful as the new strain of Covid spreads faster and is more ‘deadly’.
In a tweet on Thursday, Umar said that hospital daily admissions and people in critical care are rising fast, if SOP compliance does not improve, we will be forced to place stronger restrictions on activities. “Sharp spike in covid positivity. Hospital daily admissions & people in critical care rising fast. If sop compliance does not improve, we will be forced to place stronger restrictions on activities,” adding that “Please be very very careful. The new strain spreads faster and is more deadly.”