Pakistan’s daily COVID-19 infections cross 1500

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s daily COVID-19 infections have crossed 1500, for the first time since July. Total cases exceed 340,000 while almost 7000 people have lost their lives to the viral disease in Pakistan.

Lockdown has been imposed in various parts of the country with fines implemented for people who don’t wear a mask.

1,763 cases were reported on July 23 after which the number gradually fell to fewer than 300 in September. The country saw the highest number of daily cases on June 14 when 6,825 people contracted the virus.

On the other hand, health experts have criticised the government’s recent decision to impose Rs100 fine on those not wearing masks and allow 1,000 guests at outdoor weddings.

Due to the continuous violation of health guidelines, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday had decided to fine violators Rs100 and provide them three masks on the spot. It also announced that from Nov 20 onwards, wedding events will be held in open areas with a maximum of 1,000 guests.

The NCOC also directed that only 50 per cent staff may work from their offices, both in the public and private sectors, while the remaining from home.

According to the centre’s data, 1,543 people tested positive for the virus on Saturday while the number of active cases, which was less than 6,000 last month, has reached 17,520.

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