NCOC reviews coronavirus situation in Punjab, KP, and Islamabad
The third wave of coronavirus is more dangerous than the previous two waves, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said in an NCOC media briefing on Saturday.
He said that in the first wave, the number of patients in critical care at hospitals across Pakistan was 3,300. In the second wave, the number was over 2,500.
“In the third wave, so far, 2,842 patients have been declared to be in critical condition,” Umar said, pointing out that in the last 12 days the number has increased by 1,000.
The minister called this alarming. “If this trend remains the same, the situation will become worse than that in the first wave.”
Hospitals are reaching their capacity limits and a shortage of beds has already been seen at multiple hospitals, he warned.
Umar said that the virus is spreading more rapidly in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad and Azad Kashmir because of the UK variant.
“It is time for the political leadership, both the government and opposition, to take leadership and responsibility,” he said. “We have to defeat the virus and curb its spread once again so that the livelihood of people is not affected.”
The minister urged media and religious scholars to encourage people to follow SOPs and take precautionary measures.
“I believe that if the nation decides on something, it does it. Follow the SOPs. Take care of yourself and the people around you,” he concluded.
Pakistan reported 4,468 coronavirus cases and 67 deaths in the last 24 hours. Over 2,000 cases reported in Punjab, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 953 cases.
Earlier this week, the government announced new restrictions to curb the third wave of coronavirus across the country.
Due to the rising metrics of coronavirus cases in Punjab, the National Disaster Management Authority has decided to donate 124 more ventilators to hospitals in the province.
Here’s how the ventilators were distributed:
Eight ventilators will be given to teaching headquarters hospitals across the province as well
The district administration of Islamabad has instructed hotels to close by 5pm instead of 10pm in light of the rising coronavirus metrics.
On Friday, the Islamabad police arrested 16 people and sealed 21 shops and 18 restaurants for violating coronavirus SOPs. Fines worth Rs202,000 were imposed on multiple restaurants, wedding halls, and hotels across the city.
The capital’s administration has said that it won’t tolerate any violations. “There’s a zero-tolerance policy for people not wearing masks and not maintaining social distance,” Industrial Estate’s assistant commissioner said.