Six more localities sealed in Islamabad as Covid-19 cases surge

Published July 15, 2021
Residents wait for their coronavirus disease vaccine doses, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, April 2. — Reuters/File
Residents wait for their coronavirus disease vaccine doses, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, April 2. — Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: The capital administration on Wednesday sealed six more localities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

A notification issued by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat said six streets - one each in Media Town, Bahria Town, River Garden, E-7, Korang Town and Jhangi Syedan - have been sealed till further orders.

“On the recommendation of District Health Office and on the basis of surveillance activities of teams and Covid-19 test results from public and private labs and hospitals and in order to prevent the community spread of the Covid-19 virus in the area, street No 15 Block A Media Town, street No 10 Phase 4 Bahria Town, street No 15 River Garden, street No 5 Sector E-7, street No 5 Korang Town and Gali No 10 Kashmiri Mohallah, Jhangi Syedan will have restricted movement, controlled entry and exit with effect from July 14 in public interest and until further order,” the notification said.

It further said essential services and supplies like pharmacy and medical stores, grocery stores, bakeries, patients for medical aid and consultation, rationing, drinking water supplies, utilities and emergency were exempted from the order.

These exemptions shall be regulated by standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the DC Office from time to time regarding prevention of Covid-19, it said.

In the notification, the deputy commissioner requested the citizens to make prior arrangements for their ration, medicines and reschedule their engagements and office work before the onset of lockdown and sealing date and time.

He also requested the Islamabad police to cordon off the streets to ensure public safety and eliminate further spread of the virus.

He told the assistant commissioners concerned to ensure provision of essential commodities and food supplies in the areas.

On Sunday , five streets – Street No 13 in Qurtaba Town, Street 18 in G-11/2, Street 19 in F-6/3, Street 24 in G-7/2 and Street 29 in Block H Soan Garden – Kips Academy PWD and Islamabad Model School for Boys, F-8/3, were also sealed.

Meanwhile, positivity rate in the capital rose to 6.5pc after 1,921 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours which found the coronavirus in 125 people.

Officials of the capital administration said death of a female patient in the age group of 30-39 was also reported.

Rawalpindi

As many as two persons died in Rawalpindi district, 79 tested positive while 41 patients recovered on Wednesday.

Abdul Waheed, 59, resident of Murree, was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on July 13 where he died on Wednesday.

Parveen Akhter, 70, resident of Adiala Road, was brought to Fauji Foundation Hospital on July 13 where she succumbed to the virus on Wednesday.

At present, there are 530 active patients in Rawalpindi district of them 102 are in hospitals and 428 patients are home isolated.

Giving the breakup of 79 new cases, health officials, 54 patients arrived from the garrison city including 17 from Cantonment and 11 from Potohar Town and 26 from Rawal Town.

They said eight patients arrived from Taxila, two each from Kahuta, Kotli Sattian and Murree and one patient arrived from Gujar Khan.

They said four patients arrived from Islamabad, two each from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and AJK and one each from Mianwali and Chakwal.

They said 22 new patients were admitted to Holy Family Hospital, 10 to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), 23 to Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) and eight to Fauji Foundation Hospital (FFH).

There is one patient on ventilator in Rawalpindi, 38 are on Oxygen and 24 are stable.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for health department district surveillance officer Dr Waqar Ahmed said a vaccination center would be set up in Taxila tehsil in collaboration with Al Ummat Foundation to vaccinate up to 300 labourers.

He said that the health department was liaising with the welfare organisations for arranging mobile vaccination centers at the places where they offered free food.

Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2021

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