Fears of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic starting in the country have come true. The return of strict restrictions to curb the spread of the disease has become inevitable. Around 400 to 500 coronavirus cases were being reported in the country every day a few weeks ago this has gone up to 700 to 750 cases per day now.”
Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said at a news conference. “The [Covid-19] positivity ratio has jumped to 2.5 to 2.75%. The death rate has also increased.”
Citizens are no longer taking precautionary measures even though the pandemic is far from over in the country. The NCOC on Covid-19 has recently disclosed that the average positivity rate of the disease had risen by 40%.
A virtual meeting of the vice-chancellor’s committee has been convened on Wednesday where closing the universities and disinfecting their premises would be discussed.
It was also noted that Muzafarabad, Hyderabad, Karachi and Gilgit have a higher positivity ratio among other areas across the country. The National Command and Operations Centre had warned against another lockdown if the SOPs continued to be violated.
The chief secretaries of all provinces were asked to ensure that SOPs were implemented strictly. Furthermore, special attention was paid to high-risk sectors including transport, markets, wedding halls, restaurants and public gatherings. According to the NCOC daily update, 773 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.