COVID positivity price hovers round 4% for 3 consecutive days


A person seen using a bike whereas sporting a facemask. Picture: AFP 

KARACHI: The COVID-19 positivity price has remained between 3% and 4% over the last three days. The positivity price was recorded 3.60% over the last 24 hours within the nation, the Nationwide Institute of Well being, Islamabad’s (NIH) knowledge confirmed Friday morning.

The nation additionally reported two deaths at this time as in comparison with Four and 9 on August Four and three, respectively.

As per the most recent NIH statistics, as many as 750 new COVID-19 infections have been detected after 20,854 exams, taking the nation’s whole coronavirus case rely to 1,557,134.

The NIH knowledge additionally confirmed that not less than 164 COVID-19 sufferers are being handled within the intensive-care items of various hospitals across the nation.

Pakistanis suggested to masks up

With Pakistan logging a whole bunch of COVID-19 instances daily, the NIH has suggested strict adherence to plain working procedures (SOPs), together with masks sporting and social distancing throughout Muharram gatherings.

Gathering and majalis to recollect the Shuhada-e-Karbala (martyrs of Karbala) have began because the nation observes the brand new Islamic 12 months — which started on Sunday (July 31).

What are the SOPs for Muharram?

NIH has restricted the aged and kids from attending the gatherings and majalis throughout Ashura in a COVID-safe method, as the chance of one other outbreak looms with an uptick of the virus throughout Pakistan.

Following are the rules for holding gatherings and processions

  • COVID-19 Commonplace Working Procedures i.e mask-wearing, social distancing and use of sanitisers/ hand washing must be adhered to
  • Organising committees ought to make preparations for all SOPs
  • Zakirs and contributors must be vaccinated towards COVID-19
  • Venue for conduct of Majalis must be open and spacious with correct
  • air flow preparations
  • Sporting of masks and upkeep of social distancing is obligatory throughout majalis and Processions. Availability of masks and sanitisers/ hand washes
  • Managed participation in line with capability of venues and avoidance of overcrowding
  • Length of majalis and processions must be curtailed
  • Majalis the place SOPs can’t be successfully applied corresponding to
  • properties and personal gatherings must be discouraged
  • Aged above 65 years, kids and co-morbid could also be sensitized to
  • attend Majalis at dwelling by means of dwell streaming
  • Correct preparations for cleansing venues with chlorine earlier than and after the occasions
  • Show of COVID-19 SOPs and precautions at distinguished locations
  • SOPs compliance by using volunteer scouts

Miscellaneous points

  • Preparations for meals and drinks in spacious and ventilated place.
  • Emphasis on use of disposable utensils; desire on pre-packaged packing containers for distribution of meals.
  • Avoiding overcrowding at meals distribution factors/areas.
  • No handshake and embracing.

Areas of focus

Among the points meriting needed actions on the federal and federating items degree, embrace following:

  • Messaging by spiritual clerics for uniform implementation of SOPs /pointers proposed by NCOC.
  • Strict enforcement of SOPs by civil administration. 

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