Province reports highest single-day cases in four months
The Punjab Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department has suspended elective surgeries at four main hospitals in Punjab after coronavirus cases in the province rose.
According to a notification issued on Tuesday, critical surgeries at Lahore’s Mayo General Hospital, Jinnah Hospital, and Lahore General Hospital. Multan’s Nishter Hospital is included in the list too.
The orders will come into effect immediately.
The Punjab health secretary has, on the other hand, expressed concern over the surge in Covid-19 cases in the province and has instructed the authorities to immediately commence a door-to-door vaccination campaign in all districts.
He stressed people to get vaccinated against the deadly virus as soon as possible. “Vaccination and SOP compliance are the only two ways we can beat the virus.”
On Tuesday, Punjab reported the highest single-day cases in four months. Over 1,800 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours along with 53 deaths.
In a media briefing on Monday, Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid revealed that 72% of Covid-19 patients in the province were on ventilators. Most of these are people who have not yet been immunised.
“We are vaccinating 500,000 to 700,000 people daily and working to achieve a daily target of one million vaccinations,” she said, adding that the government aims to innoculate 70% of the population by December.
Earlier this week, the National Command and Operation Centre announced new restrictions as well.