COVID Watch | October 12th 2020

-Micro Smart Lockdown imposed in 4 areas of Islamabad after they were identified as COVID19 hotspots -Sindh crosses bleak milestone of 140,000 infections on Oct 10 -Coronavirus case positivity now crossing the 2% mark as Minister Asad Umar urges people to practice caution


Virus threatens to surge in Punjab

203 cases were reported across Punjab on Saturday, October 10, the highest number of cases since the past eight weeks, with 106 alone emerging from Lahore. Daily cases fell to 77 the following day, however, the provincial authorities have gone ahead with imposing 856 micro smart-lockdowns in all 36 districts, with two instated in Lahore.

Micro-lockdowns in Islamabad

Micro-smart lockdowns were imposed in Islamabad’s G-9/4, G-10/4, I-8/2, and NPF, after they emerged as virus hotspots on Saturday, October 10. 35 cases were reported in the Islamabad Capital Territory on Sunday, October 11, the lowest in the past week, while the highest number of cases in the week was recorded on Thursday, October 8 with fresh cases 113.

Sindh hits 140,000 infections

Sindh crossed the bleak milestone of 140,000 infections on Saturday, October 10, the worst-hit among the four provinces. The province has reported a total of 140,294 cases by Sunday, October 11 with 132,933 having managed to recover and 2,555 succumbing to the viral disease. The province has a total of 4,806 active COVID-19 cases. Out of the six deaths reported yesterday, five were recorded in Karachi alone, and one in Shaheed Benazirabad.

Pandemic gaining momentum

Daily case positivity rate surpasses 2% after several weeks, pointing toward a slowly increasing infection potency, warned Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar over twitter. The average case positivity rate for the past seven days, that is from October 5 to October 11, was recorded at 1.92%. Ten people across the country succumbed to the pandemic while 385 COVID-19 patients emerged on October 11. A total of 727 managed to recover, slightly less than double the amount of fresh cases reported on the same day.