ISLAMABAD: There was no let-up in coronavirus deaths in Rawalpindi district as six more succumbed to the virus while 563 tested positive in the twin cities on Monday.

As many as 402 new cases surfaced in Islamabad alone.

Officials in the capital administration, however, said no death was reported during the last 24 hours. Since the outbreak, 32,816 positive cases have been reported in Islamabad out of which 26,603 have recovered and 341 have died. There are 5,872 active cases as of Monday, the officials said, adding that 34 patients were on ventilators while 284 needed oxygen.

The number of ventilators allocated for Covid-19 patients rose to 85 after 10 more were added.

During the last 24 hours, 4,901 tests were conducted in the capital with the positivity rate of 8.2.

Rawalpindi district reports six deaths; 5,872 active cases in Islamabad

Out of the new cases, 33 were reported from Lohi Bher, 25 from I-10, 22 each from G-10 and E-11, 19 from Bhara Kahu, 18 each from G-6 and G-8, 17 each from I-8, Tarlai and G-17, 14 from Khanna, 12 from F-8, 11 each from G-9 and F-13, 10 each from G-11 and G-5, nine from I-9, eight each from F-11, Alipur, Koral and Model Town, seven each from Sohan and H-13, six each from Rawat and F-6, five each from Chak Shahzad and Rawal Town, four each from F-10, Kurri, G-14 and B-17, three each from F-7, D-12, Sihala and H-8, two each from Chirah, Kirpa and Tarnol and one each from G-15, Bari Imam, D-17, Phulgran, E-7, Jhangi Syedan, H-12, Pind Begwal, H-11, E-18, I-12, E-10 and B-12.

Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority on Monday sealed premises of the Land and Rehabilitation Directorate for three days after some of its staff was found having the virus.

It was notified by the directorate that some officers of the authority including Land and Rehabilitation Directorate had developed mild symptoms. Citizens had been advised not to visit the office in view of the situation but they continued to do so which had put the lives of officers and the public at risk, the order added.

In view of the prevailing situation, it has been decided to seal the directorate’s premises for three days with immediate effect till further orders.

Rawalpindi

Six more people lost their lives to Covid-19 on Monday as 161 more contracted the virus.

As many as 115 were discharged from hospitals after recovering.

Abdul Hameed, 76, a resident of Arya Mohallah, had been under treatment in Rawalpindi Institute of Urology since Dec 1 where he died on Sunday night.

Iftikhar Ahmed, 50, from Gujar Khan, was brought to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Dec 6 where he lost his life on Monday.

Mohammad Saeed, 64, a resident of Khanpur Road Al-Noor Colony, was shifted to Rawalpindi Institute of Urology on Dec 6 where he died the next day.

Safdar Mehmood, 60, a resident of Committee Chowk, was admitted to Pims on Dec 6 where he breathed his last on Sunday night. Nisar Ahmed, 65, a resident of Shah Faisal Colony, Chaklala, was brought to Benazir Bhutto Hospital on Dec 6 where he succumbed to the deadly virus on Monday.

Robin Naseem, 55, from Dhoke Ellahi Buksh, died at Pims on Monday where he had been admitted on Dec 6.A total of 1,240 confirmed patients are under treatment in the district out of which 156 are in hospitals and the remaining have been home isolated.

Since March, 11,203 people have contracted the virus in Rawalpindi district and 9,518 were discharged from hospitals after recovering. As many as 445 people have so far lost their lives to the virus.

Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood told Dawn that 13,227 people had tested positive for Covid-19 since March - 11,203 in Rawalpindi, 843 in Attock, 768 in Jhelum and 403 in Chakwal.He said 535 people have died in Rawalpindi Division out of which 445 were from Rawalpindi, 22 from Attock, 12 from Jhelum and 56 from Chakwal.

Attock

According to a report issued by the local health department on Monday, six people died from the virus in November in various hospitals and were buried as per standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The report revealed that among the deceased, three were from Hazro, two from Attock city while one belonged to Jand.

The report further said the number of active patients in the district had risen to 96 out of which 41 were from Attock city, 18 each from Hazro and Fatehjang, 13 belonged to Pindigheb, four were from Hassanabdal and two were from Jand.

Meanwhile, Hazro Assistant Commissioner Shagufta Jabeen paid a surprise visit to a private school in Dua Chowk and found it open despite government orders to close all educational institutions.

The school was sealed accordingly and action was initiated against its administration. — Additional reporting by Amjad Iqbal

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2020

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