Separate SOPs for industry, markets on the cards: Rawalpindi commissioner

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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Says govt also working on testing inmates of Adiala jail and orphanages for Covid-19. — Dawn/File
Says govt also working on testing inmates of Adiala jail and orphanages for Covid-19. — Dawn/File

RAWALPINDI: The government is working on preparing new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for different areas such as industrial units, bazaars, public places and parks, restaurants and offices to check the spread of Covid-19.

This was stated by Commissioner Rawalpindi retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood on Sunday.

He said the district administration was also working on testing inmates in the Adiala jail and orphanages for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, two patients tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and nine were discharged from hospitals after recovery.

Says govt also working on testing inmates of Adiala jail and orphanages for Covid-19

After arrival of the new patients, the tally of confirmed cases in Rawalpindi district increased to 6,576 while 277 people have died and 6,136 others recovered.

However, 176 suspected patients are waiting for their results from laboratories.

Total 108 coronavirus patients are under treatment at Rawalpindi Institute of Urology, Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital. Moreover, 55 patients are isolated in their homes.

The local administrations also keep 6,795 people on quarantine who had been close contacts of the confirmed patients. As many as 10 District Health Authority teams have been deployed to check the patients isolated in 55 houses.

According to data, 7915 people tested positive in the Rawalpindi division in the last four months — 6,576 in Rawalpindi, 584 in Attock, 470 in Jhelum and 285 in Chakwal.

As many as 7,353 patients were discharged from hospitals, including 6,136 in Rawalpindi, 524 in Attock, 447 in Jhelum and 246 in Chakwal.

Besides, 277 people died of the virus in Rawalpindi, 20 in Attock, nine in Jhelum and 37 in Chakwal.

Attock

The Attock district again witnessed an increase in positive cases as four people were found infected with the virus in the last 24 hours.

According to a report issued by the local health department, all the new four cases belonged to Hazro town, raising the tally in the district to 584.

District focal person for Covid-19 Dr Asif Arbab Niazi said there are 40 active patients across the district in which 38 are under home isolation and only two hospitalised.

Responding to a question, Mr Niazi said the number of suspected cases in the district is 4,316 while results of 334 suspected patients are awaited.

He said so far 524 positive patients have recovered in the district.

Taxila is witnessing a gradual decline in the positive cases as no new patient was reported on the third consecutive day on Sunday. The tally remains 421.

Deputy District Officer Health Dr Sara Qadeer said there are 91 positive patients under home isolation and 17 are under treatment in different hospitals.

She said 294 patients have recovered from the disease.— Additional reporting by Amjad Iqbal

Published in Dawn, August 10th, 2020