Amid fears of a third wave, a face mask is a must in Islamabad

Amid fears of a third wave, a face mask is a must in Islamabad

Shoppers wearing face masks at a market in Islamabad November 26 as a precaution against the corona virus. – AFP / File

ISLAMABAD: Wearing a face mask has been made mandatory in the federal capital on Saturday amid fears of an increase in corona virus infections, amid fears that a third wave of COVID-19 is settling.

Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat said those who do not comply with the order face legal action, adding that the CRPC has been tasked with ensuring compliance with the rules. Section 144 was imposed. The law will remain in force for the next two months.

Five areas in Islamabad have been identified as “hotspots” for the virus and will be quarantined. Sector G-6/2, Sector G-9/1, G-10/4 will be sealed with Total Sector I-8/3 and I / 8-4.

Along with this development, smart lockdowns have been implemented in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Gujarat, which has seen an increase in infections. Occupancy of oxygen beds has also increased, Gujarat has reported filling all its beds.

There were 1,239 corona virus infections in Punjab out of 2,338 one-day cases in the country. The death toll from the quake in the province was 34, compared to 46 nationwide in a 24-hour period.

Government ministers such as Asad Omar have blamed the increase on a British-born corona virus. He also said that he had no doubt that the third corona virus had started.

Just two weeks ago, students were physically allowed into the classroom, and the government announced plans to allow indoor dining and weddings. Since then, the plans have been scrapped and students return home from the early spring break on March 15.

Since then, the condition of covid has worsened, with the total number of infections exceeding 602,536 in the last 24 hours. Just a month ago, there were over 500,000 cases.

Steps of Rawalpindi

The new restrictions in Rawalpindi were that markets would have to close from Monday to 6 p.m. Talking to Geo News, Deputy Commissioner Anwar-ul-Haq said that the vendors were consulted before changing the permitted operating hours for business. “No market will be closed today or tomorrow (Sunday),” he said.

Restrictions in Multan

In Multan, spring festivals and public gatherings were banned. Wedding ceremonies may be allowed as long as they are held in open air and the number of guests is limited.

Like Islamabad, shops will have to be closed till 6 pm and indoor dining will no longer be allowed.

The NCOC convened a meeting on the most pressing issues

The National Command and Operations Center convened a meeting in which a large number of corona viruses in Pakistan is a matter of concern.

The growing trend of cases is worrying, the NCOC said in a statement.

It states that the positivity ratio in the country has increased from 5% to 6%.

In addition, positive cases were observed in Islamabad and major cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.

The authority said that all federal units should take immediate steps to strictly implement standard operating procedures.

In this regard, he appreciated the steps taken by the Punjab government and said that more sanctions were under consideration in the province.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, measures other than extending lockdowns for some cities are being discussed, the NCOC said.

The meeting also discussed the UK’s new post-expansion in Pakistan.

It said a week would begin today to strictly enforce security measures.

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