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Two million people under smart quarantine across country: NCOC

ISLAMABAD: The authorities have imposed smart lockdowns in 5,082 neighbourhoods across the country, putting some two million people under restrictions to curtail the spread of Covid-19, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday said.

A briefing was given to the forum about the latest situation of the coronavirus pandemic and the imposition of smart quarantines in different areas of the country. Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar chaired the session attended virtually by provincial chief secretaries among others.

The pace of spread, implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), availability of medical resources and other issues were discussed in the session, an NCOC statement said.

The forum was informed that, of the 5,082 areas, 1,459 were in Punjab, 206 in Sindh, 182 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 330 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

A complete lockdown has been imposed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) till December 6 after the region recorded 27.72 per cent positivity rate, the highest across the nation, followed by 11.95 per cent in Balochistan with 9.9 per cent in Quetta.

The positivity ratio in Hyderabad stood at 18.21 per cent, it said. Some 2,046 patients were in critical condition after contracting the disease.

The transmission rate in Islamabad was last recorded at 6.62 per cent, 14.4 per cent in Sindh, 4.84 per cent in Punjab, 6.19 per cent in Lahore.

Mirpur and Muzaffarabad recorded  27.75 and 23.44 per cent positivity ratio, respectively.

278 patients were on ventilators, whereas, 2,046 more were in critical condition across the country, the statement showed. In Punjab, 467 patients were in critical condition, 675 in Sindh, 356 in KP, 323 in Islamabad, 16 in Balochistan, 23 in AJK and 5 in GB.

Pakistan on Monday recorded 2,839 new infections of the novel coronavirus after conducting 33,302 tests — a positivity ratio of 8.52 per cent. While, with 40 virus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the tally of the pandemic fatalities jumped to 8,025.

Pakistan is now in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic but has yet to fully utilise its claimed testing capacity of 74,407, with daily testing still significantly below numbers proposed by global health experts.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the country’s testing policies likely only record the most symptomatic patients while ignoring the spread among asymptomatic carriers, which studies suggest comprise the majority of infections nationwide.

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid on Sunday warned that if the public did not adopt government-issued preventative measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, it would have little choice but to re-impose a “complete” lockdown.