More localities sealed as Covid-19 cases surge in Islamabad

Published September 12, 2021
Plainclothes policemen seal off a street with barbed wire in a neighbourhood after some residents tested positive for Covid-19 in Islamabad. — AFP/File
Plainclothes policemen seal off a street with barbed wire in a neighbourhood after some residents tested positive for Covid-19 in Islamabad. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The capital administration on Saturday sealed scores of localities in different sectors as Covid-19 spread in the capital.

The areas that have been sealed are located in G-6, G-7, G-9, G-10, G-11, G-13, F-7, F-10, E-11, I-8, I-9 and I-10.

A notification issued from the office of the deputy commissioner said on the recommendations of the District Health Office (DHO) and on the basis of surveillance activities and Covid-19 test results, the streets will have restricted movement/controlled entry and exit from 7pm on Sept 11 till further orders.

The streets are 30, 39, 48, 92 and 104 in G-6/1, 23 in G-6/2, 10 and 58, G-7/2, street 68, 74, 75 and 123 in G-9/3, street 25-A in G-10/2, street 33, 42, 43, 44 and 71 in G-11/2 and street 34, 45 and 48 in G-13/2.

Streets 32 and 40 in F-7/1, 17 and 18 in F-10/2, streets 9 and 138 in E-11/2, streets 85 and 86 in I-8/4, 34 and 35 in I-9/4 and street 3 in I-10/2 have also been sealed.

Capital reports 253 new patients, two casualties; 164 infected people detected in Rawalpindi

Exemption has been given to essential services and supplies like pharmacy and medicine shops, grocery stores, bakeries, patients for medical aid/medical consultation, rationing, drinking water supplies, utilities and emergency, the notification said.

The capital police were requested to cordon off these areas to ensure public safety and eliminate further spread of the virus. The assistant commissioner concerned will ensure provision of essential commodities and food supplies in the sealed areas.

Meanwhile, two more deaths and 253 new cases were reported in the capital on Saturday.

The deceased, a male and a female, were in their 70s and were residents of Bhara Kahu and I-8.

During the last 24 hours, 4,031 tests were conducted and results of 140 males and 113 females came back positive. The positivity rate calculated was 6.27pc.

The officials said 61 cases were reported in the age group of 30-39, 46 in 20-29, 38 in 40-49, 37 in 0-9, 21 in 60-69, 19 in 50-59, 17 in 10-19, nine in 70-79 and three in 80 and above.

Rawalpindi

As many as 164 people tested positive in the district while 179 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the disease in the last 24 hours.

However, no patient died of the disease. The positivity ratio remained 7.73pc.

There are 2,254 active patients in the district - 182 in hospitals and 2,072 home isolated.

Of the new cases, 42 were reported from the cantonment areas, 40 from Potohar Town, 29 from Rawal Town, 16 patients each from Gujar Khan and Kallar Syedan, five from Taxila, four from Kahuta, three from Islamabad, two from Murree and one each from Gujrat, Jhelum and Kotli Sattian.

Officials said 23 of the patients were admitted in Holy Family Hospital, 45 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, 66 in Rawalpindi Institute of Urology, five in District Headquarters Hospital, 32 in Fauji Foundation Hospital, four in Bilal Hospital, three in Hearts International Hospital, three in Attock Hospital Rawalpindi and one in Begum Akhtar Rukhsana Hospital.

There are five patients on ventilators, 92 on oxygen and 85 are stable.

Published in Dawn, September 12th, 2021

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