Pakistan records highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day during 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday recorded 135 deaths in the last twenty-four hours, its highest single-day coronavirus death toll during the current year, a government portal showed, as a third wave of COVID-19 sweeps through the country.

During the period, 4,681 fresh infections were reported from across the country. According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), some 48,092 tests were conducted for coronavirus over the past day that revealed coronavirus positivity rate at 9.73 per cent. However, the total number of cases and deaths were 734,423 and 15,754 respectively on Wednesday.

President Alvi, Benazir Bhutto’s daughter recovers from COVID-19

President Dr Arif Alvi has recovered from COVID-19 and spent the first day of the week in the office doing work. “Have spent my first full day at work today. Had only two days of fever & body aches, but weakness lingers,” the president took to Twitter to post his health status.

Benazir Bhutto’s elder daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday informed that after isolating for 10 days, she has recovered from coronavirus. She urged people to take extra care of their families this Holy month Ramadan and asked them to avoid social gatherings.

Islamabad imposes new restrictions

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the capital city, the local administration has imposed a set of new restrictions in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

According to the new Ramadan notification released by Islamabad’s administration, all markets will remain closed over the weekends (Saturdays & Sundays), whereas, outdoor dining to be allowed from iftar till midnight i.e. 11:59 pm with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

“There will be a complete ban on all kinds of indoor & outdoor events, gatherings, festivals, sports tournaments, cultural activities, social activities, religious gatherings etc”, read the notification. Amusement parks will also remain closed, however, walking/jogging tracks will remain open, it added.

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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