ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Tuesday declared compliance of corona guidelines — particularly the SOPs — critical to contain disease spread during the Eidul Azha prayer congregations.
The NCOC met here with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in the chair. The meeting reviewed implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Eid ul Azha and spread of the pandemic in Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The meeting was briefed that instructions had been issued to all the federating units to ensure implementation of Eid-specific SOPs. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the additional steps taken by the Sindh government in view of the pandemic outbreak.
The forum was informed that keeping in view the surging disease spread, around 500 oxygen cylinders and 30 ventilators had been supplied to Gilgit-Baltistan. The forum was briefed on the capacity building of vaccination facilities.
At present, over half a million COVID-19 vaccines are being administered daily in the country,” the forum was informed. It was announced that vaccination centers across the country would remain closed only on the first day of Eid ul Azha.
The forum was told that huge stocks of Moderna vaccine had been provided to vaccination centers for inoculation of individuals and students going abroad. Asad Umar said complete restrictions could only be lifted in the country until a major portion of the population got fully vaccinated.
“The number of people administered a vaccine in a single day crossed the 600,000 mark yesterday (Monday) for the first time in the country,” the minister said in a tweet. However, he said although the rising number of inoculated people was an encouraging sign, it needed further boost so that all types of restrictions in every field of life were lifted as soon as possible.
Asad Umar said the UK was an excellent lesson of vaccination minimizing health impact of COVID. Meanwhile, the national tally of active COVID-19 cases was Tuesday recorded 49,929 with 2,145 more people testing positive and 1,029 recovering during the 24 hours.
Thirty-seven corona patients have died during the 24 hours out of which 35 were under treatment in hospitals and two in their respective homes or quarantine facilities, according to NCOC.
Most deaths occurred in Sindh followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Out of the 37 patients who died, 22 died on the ventilator. There were 2,697 infected patients under treatment in critical condition and 65 of them were admitted to various COVID dedicated healthcare facilities across the country during the past 24 hours. The national positivity ratio during the 24 hours was recorded at 5.25%. The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major cities including Islamabad 22%, Lahore 20%, Peshawar 14% and Multan 15%.
The maximum Oxygen beds were also occupied in four major cities of Gilgit 47%, Karachi 45%, Abbottabad 28% and Muzaffarabad 28%. Around 245 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country while no affected person was on ventilator in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).
Around 40,805 tests were conducted across the country on Monday, including 11,794 in Sindh, 17,428 in Punjab, 7,276 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 1,775 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 1,326 in Balochistan, 596 in GB, and 610 in AJK.
Around 921,095 people have recovered so far across Pakistan making it a significant count with over 90 percent recovery rate. Since the pandemic broke out, a total of 993,872 cases have been detected that also included the perished, recovered and under treatment COVID-19 patients so far, including AJK 22,192, Balochistan 29,190, GB 7,510, ICT 84,842, KP 140,962, Punjab 351,000 and Sindh 358,176.
Around 22,848 deaths have been recorded in the country since the eruption of the contagion. Around 5,737 people perished in Sindh in 24 hours, 10,892 people in Punjab, 4,391 in KP, 787 in ICT, 319 in Balochistan, 120 in GB, and 602 in AJK.