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Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity fee crosses 3% after over 70 days

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Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate crosses 3% after over 70 days

ISLAMABAD: After a niche of 70 days, the nation noticed its positivity fee crossing the three% threshold, stated Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar on Thursday, interesting to the general public to observe the federal government issued customary working procedures amid the deteriorating state of affairs of the pandemic.

Asad Umar, who additionally supervises COVID-19 technique, stated, “after more than 70 days the national COVID  positivity ratio was higher than 3% yesterday”.

He stated that the NCOC has tightened restrictions on some high-risk public actions however the rising unfold of the illness can solely be managed if folks consider within the want for precautions.

Pakistan reported 908 new instances of coronavirus on October 28, the very best variety of constructive instances since July 29. The authorities carried out 29,449 assessments of which 908 returned constructive whereas 16 deaths have been additionally recorded within the day.

The federal authorities have issued a number of warnings prior to now few days on the ignorance in direction of implementation of COVID-19 SOPs because the second wave hits the nation.

On Wednesday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) issued recent guidelines relating to the closure of marriage ceremony halls and buying malls and made the carrying of face masks necessary.

Restrictions ‘inevitable’

On Tuesday, the federal government had stated that strict coronavirus restrictions are inevitable given the rise in COVID-19 deaths and the positivity ratio throughout Pakistan.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan had stated that just a few weeks in the past, 400-500 instances have been being reported throughout the nation each day. The tally, he stated, had shot as much as 700-750 instances per day.

“The coronavirus death rate has increased in the country,” he gad stated, including that that the positivity ratio had surged to 2.5-2.75%.

Dr Faisal stated that folks weren’t adhering to coronavirus precautions as they need to, given the pandemic was nonetheless removed from over.

Wedding halls, eating places ‘excessive contributors’

Early this month, NCOC stated that it has noticed marriage ceremony halls and indoor eating places to be “high contributors” to the unfold of the contagious illness.

Following the statement, on October 9, the physique issued new tips for marriage ceremony halls, saying that it was formally limiting the variety of company and limiting capabilities until 10pm.

For indoor occasions, a most of 300 company has been allowed and for out of doors occasions, a most of 500 company, with the gathering to solely final 2 hours.

The assertion stated that if marriage ceremony halls are discovered to be in violation of the SOPs then they are going to be closed off at a “specified time” and a heavy positive can even be imposed. It additional stated that the closure of SOPs-defying marriage ceremony halls will come into impact two weeks after the notices are served so folks get “sufficient time” to seek for alternate venues.

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