Covid-19 claims 71 deaths, 2,463 new Coronavirus cases reported amid New Year start

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: The national tally of total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Friday amid beginning of New Year reached 34,773 with 2,463 more people tested positive for the deadly virus and 2,156 people recovered from the Coronavirus during the last 24 hours.
Seventy One corona patients, 61 of whom were under treatment in hospital and 10 in their respective homes or quarantines died on Monday, according to the latest update issued by the National command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
During the last 24 hours most of the deaths had occurred in Punjab followed by the Sindh.
It added that out of the total 71 deaths during last 24 hours 39 patients died on ventilators.
No COVID affected person was on ventilator in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) while 300 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in Pakistan. The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major areas including Multan 37 percent, ICT 38 percent, Peshawar 34 percent and Lahore 32 percent.
The Oxygen beds (oxygen providing facility other than ventilator as per patient’s medical requirement) were also occupied in four major areas as in ICT 35 percent, Karachi 30 percent, Peshawar 58 percent and Multan 39 percent.
Some 41,039 tests were conducted across the country on Thursday, including 13,383 in Sindh, 16,617 in Punjab, 5,371 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 4,449 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 520 in Balochistan, 371 in GB, and 328 in AJK. Around 437,229 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count. Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 482,178 cases were detected so far that comprised total affected, deceased and recovered COVID-19 patients, including AJK 8,277, Balochistan 18,168, GB 4,857, ICT 37,888, KP 58,701, Punjab 138,608 and Sindh 215,679.
About 10,176 deaths were recorded in the country since the eruption of the contagion, including 3,560 in Sindh among 20 of them perished in hospital and seven out of hospital during the past 24 hours.
Some 4,042 in Punjab, while 26 of them died in hospital and three out of hospital on Thursday. 1,649 in KP 11 of them died in hospital on Thursday, 419 in ICT three of them died in hospital on Thursday, 183 in Balochistan, 101 in GB and 222 in AJK where one of them died in hospital on Thursday.
A total of 6,737,107 corona tests have been conducted so far, while 626 hospitals are equipped with COVID facilities. Some 2,693 corona patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.
Federal Capital records 186 fresh corona cases: NCOC: The number of COVID-19 cases continued to surge in the Federal Capital, as 186 new corona cases were reported in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) during the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday. According to an NCOC official, as many as 146 new corona cases were reported on Thursday and 166 on Wednesday.
He said so far 37,888 cases were reported from the Federal Capital, with 419 deaths. Some 34,410 patients had recovered completely.
Meanwhile on the direction of Ministry of National Health Services, the ICT district administration continued smart lockdowns in different streets of the capital to reduce transmission of the infection.
The inspection teams also started taking actions on violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) related with the corona while visiting marriage halls, markets and petrol pumps. The administration also sealed schools, shops, workshops and restaurants on violation of the SOPs.
The teams also issued notices to marriage hall owners, besides imposing fines on different shopkeepers.
Commenting on the situation, an official of Ministry of National Health Services said several local level administrative decisions were made to control the disease.
He advised the citizens to continue following the social distancing, use of masks and other precautionary measures to stop increasing local transmission of COVID-19 in the city. He said the government had adopted an effective strategy to combat COVID-19 that resulted reduction in corona cases in the country.
He said a strategy was made to control corona keeping in view the global information, focusing on data with integration of local data in a scientific way. He said the ministry had also asked the administrations of public and private organizations functioning in the ICT to strictly monitor the SOPs to ensure protection of their employees from the COVID-19.