262 new COVID-19 cases reported in capital: NCOC

COVID-19 claims 68 more lives

ISLAMABAD, Sep 14 (APP): National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) Tuesday said 262 new cases of Coronavirus were reported from the federal capital during the last 24 hours. 

According to an official of NCOC, as many as 246 cases were reported on Monday while 270 cases were reported on Sunday.

He said so far 103,125 cases were reported from the federal capital while 889 deaths were reported from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). He added 98,388 patients had recovered completely.

Commenting on the present corona situation across the country, an official of the Ministry of National Health Services said the government had taken appropriate measures and tightened restrictions to curb the COVID-19 disease as the virus was continuing to spread fast in the country.

He said the government was closely monitoring this wave and it may lock down more areas if other interventions did not work in the next few days.

He said the government had also adopted other measures to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) were being followed in locked-down areas that had a high positivity ratio.
He said the NCOC had access to data from all districts and reviewed it on a daily basis. Its decisions were based on the spread of the virus, the success of SOPs enforcement, and the capacity of the healthcare system, he added.

Meanwhile, on the direction of the Ministry of National Health Services, the district administration of Islamabad had continued surveillance of different areas of the capital to reduce transmission of the infection in the selected streets and other sectors.

They also started taking action on the violation of SOPs related to the coronavirus while visiting marriage halls, markets, and petrol pumps by its inspection teams.

The administration had been asked to take action on the violation of SOPs at shops, workshops, and restaurants.

The inspection teams had been directed to issue notices to marriage halls besides imposing fines on owners of different shops in case of violation of SOPs.

The official said administrative decisions were made to control the disease. He advised the citizens to continue to follow the social distancing, use of mask, and other precautionary measures to stop increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the city.