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Corona virus: 'second wave' of epidemic in Pakistan, highest daily number of certified victims in three months

 Authorities in Pakistan have repeatedly voiced fears of a second wave of corona virus in recent days, and now statistics seem to confirm those fears.

According to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 1,078 people were diagnosed with the corona virus in Pakistan yesterday (Thursday) while 20 people died due to the epidemic.

It may be recalled that after a gap of about three months, the number of daily victims in Pakistan has exceeded one thousand. The last time the number of daily victims was more than one thousand on July 29, but in the last three months since then, the number of daily victims has been less than one thousand.

On the other hand, the health officials of the federal capital Islam have informed that out of 5,000 tests conducted yesterday, 140 cases have come positive and the rate of positive cases here is 2.6 percent.

A total of 11,864 confirmed victims of Corona are currently undergoing treatment in Pakistan. The highest number of 11504 victims are in Sindh, 11432 in Punjab, 3211 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5229 in Islamabad, 603 in Balochistan, 355 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 599 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Yesterday, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Omar had informed that after a gap of 70 days in Pakistan, the rate of new cases of corona virus has now exceeded 3%. With a growing number of patients and a gradual increase in deaths in the country, officials had expressed concern that Pakistan was facing a second wave of epidemics.

The 3% rate in new patients means that three out of every 100 suspected cases are positive.

In the wake of the second wave of corona virus in the country, the country's national pandemic, the NCOC, has announced that masks will be worn in public places in cities across the country where the positive rate is more than 2%. Must be worn

Federal Minister Asad Omar also said that although the NCOC has tightened restrictions on high-risk public activities, the growing spread of the disease can only be curbed if people take precautionary measures.

A statement issued by the NCOC yesterday said the sanctions would apply to areas where the corona virus is spreading rapidly and where all business activities, including restaurants, markets, Shopping malls, wedding halls, etc. will be closed at 10 pm and local entertainment will be closed at 6 pm.

However, these restrictions will not apply to hospitals, clinics and medical stores.

On the other hand, two days ago, in view of the rising number of positive cases of Corona virus and the fear of a second wave, the Punjab government had issued a notification to close all commercial activities and institutions at 10 pm. According to the notification:

All medical services, pharmacies, medical stores, tire puncture shops, fruit and vegetable shops, ovens, flour mills, postal / courier services will be open 24 hours a day.

Drivers will also be able to continue working in hotels, petrol pumps, oil depots, LPG shops and filling plants, agricultural equipment workshops, spare parts shops, printing presses.

Takeaways or home delivery services from call centers (with 50% staff) and restaurants will be available 24 hours a day.

Amusement and public parks will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All industrial activities and institutions will be able to continue their work in accordance with the instructions issued earlier.

This notification will be immediately applicable to the territorial boundaries of Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi districts

During a media briefing this week, Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, said that the second wave of corona virus has apparently started in Pakistan. The number of cases is increasing daily and some restrictions are being considered in the districts where the number of cases is high and reduction in working hours of commercial activities is also under consideration.

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