COVID-19 daily cases reached the 1500 mark for the first time since July! With the intensification of the second wave of Covid-19, for the very first time since July on Saturday, the volume of coronavirus cases registered on a regular basis surpassed the 1. 500 marks.
On July 23, as many as 1,763 cases have been registered, after which the number dropped steadily to less than 300 in September. On June 14, when 6,825 people contracted the virus, the world saw the largest number of regular cases. COVID-19 is again causing issues for Pakistan, we need to take more precaution.
Health experts, on the other hand, have opposed the recent government decision to impose Rs100 fines on those who do not wear masks and allow 1,000 outdoor weddings for guests.
On Friday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) agreed to fine Rs100 violators and provide them with three masks on the spot because of the continuing breach of health guidelines. It also announced that wedding events with a capacity of 1,000 guests will be held in open areas from November 20 onwards.
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The NCOC also instructed that only 50 per cent of workers, both in the public and private sectors, and the rest from home, should operate from their workplaces.
COVID-19 daily cases reached the 1500 mark
1,543 people tested positive for the virus on Saturday, according to the center’s results, while the number of active cases, which was fewer than 6,000 last month, reached 17,520.
In Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Balochistan, as many as 129 ventilators out of 1,857 allotted for Covid-19 care were in use without a patient on the vent.
Talking to Dawn, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Javed Akram of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) said the surge in cases was predicted as 90 percent of people had begun to disregard basic operating procedures.
“The fact is that because of the hot weather, the virus has been suppressed and with the shift in temperature, it has begun to spread rapidly,” he said.
In response to a query, Dr. Akram said the Rs100 fine was nothing but a joke, implying that it was appropriate to announce up to Rs10,000 fine to create a deterrent.
“It is therefore inappropriate to allow 1,000 guests to attend a wedding event. No more than 100 individuals should attend such gatherings, I propose. People might get an idea by allowing outdoor functions that the virus does not impact people in an open environment. They should know, though, that US President Donald Trump and his team caught the virus from the White House Rose Garden, ” he added.
Regarding the Phase III clinical trial of a new vaccine, the Deputy Chancellor, who is also a member of the Covid-19 Research Task Force, reported that 3,000 volunteers have been vaccinated nationally and that the findings of their tolerance and effectiveness have been sufficient to date. However, after 10,000 volunteers took injections of the vaccine, he said the conclusions would be shared.
Dr Qaiser Sajjad, general secretary of the Pakistan Medical Association, told Dawn that violators should be fined at least Rs1,000 and 100 to 150 people allowed to attend wedding events. Instead of serving them lunch or dinner at the function, guests could also be given takeaways, he said.
As nine doctors have died in the last three weeks, the infection in this second spell appears to be more deadly. The PMA noted that the majority of ventilator patients were not recovering, so we ought to stop placing them on vents and there was a risk that their lungs were impaired by the devices. A similar decision was also made by China,’ he added.
Dr. Sajjad advised the government to distribute free masks and control their prices in order to be accessible for residents, as well as for sanitizers.
He worried that drugs, oxygen cylinders and other required products could vanish from the markets with the rise in cases, so ensuring their availability at reasonable prices was all the more critical for the related departments.
Meanwhile, Sajid Shah, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Health Services, said all possible attempts were being made to contain the virus.
“The NCOC visits all partners on a regular basis, brainstorming on how to protect people from the lethal virus,” he said.
COVID-19 daily cases reached the 1500 mark!