COVID Watch | September 29th 2020

-29 confirmed cases detected from 13,000 samples taken from public & private educational institutions in Islamabad -5 doctors test positive for COVID-19 from random testing carried out by district authorities in Sahiwal


29 cases in Islamabad’s educational institutions

29 samples out of 13,000 taken from various educational institutions in Islamabad on Friday, September 25 returned positive on Monday, September 28. The tests were carried out in public schools regulated by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and in private schools under the supervision of the Private Educational Institutions Regulations Authority (PEIRA). The findings were presented ahead of the National Command and Operations Center meeting today, which finalized that schools will reopen on September 30 as planned.

Five doctors contract the virus in Sahiwal

Five doctors of the Sahiwal District Headquarters (DHQ) Teaching Hospital’s gynecology ward were found to be virus-positive through random sampling carried out by district authorities. Of the 1,300 samples collected from the area, 31 were extracted from hospitals – the infected doctors have been quarantined as per SOP requirements.

COVID-19 situation update

672 COVID-19 patients were detected from 32,665 tests across the country, as case positivity inched up to 2.06% on Monday, September 28. Three individuals succumbed to the virus in the same timeframe – Punjab and Sindh reported three deaths each while Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir reported one fatality each. Total deaths hit 6,474 in the last 24 hours, as the fatality rate hovers at 2.1%. Worryingly, however, the recovery rate dropped even further from 95.4% on Saturday, September 26 to 95.1% on Monday, September 28, as less than half the daily fresh cases (318) managed to beat the virus.