COVID Watch | 2nd December 2020

Dining at restaurants in Islamabad barred over rising infections; 6 Peshawar localities under smart lockdown; 15 public school students in Tank infected; 100 healthcare workers lost to COVID-19 till date; coronavirus infections on rise in North Waziristan.

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Indoor dining barred in ICT

The Capital administration on Tuesday, December 2, barred dining in eateries and hotels over concerns of unchecked rise in coronavirus infections per protocols issued by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1958. Open air dining and delivery services however have been allowed to continue, while no changes have been issued for working hours.

6 Peshawar areas under lockdown

District administration on Tuesday imposed smart lockdowns in six localities of Peshawar from 6 PM onwards, which include Hayatabad Sectors E-VI and N-IV, University Town, Park and Old Jamrud roads, Hayatabad Industrial Estate and Peshawar Cantt. Per restrictions, all businesses and services will remain suspended with the exception of pharmacies, grocery stores and take-away services. Moreover, gatherings have been banned while religious congregations have been limited to five people.

15 Tank students infected

Eleven students of the Government Higher Secondary School Gomal Bazar and four of the Government High School Tajori in Tank were found positive for the novel coronavirus disease on Tuesday. The District Health Officer has directed for the closure of both school buildings and imposing mini-smart lockdowns in the neighbourhoods where the infected children are residing.

Infection spreading in North Waziristan

With ten fresh cases emerging overnight, North Waziristan is seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases during the ongoing second wave. A majority of the patients in the area are students. Locals have been advised to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) devised by the Health Department to mitigate further transmission of the potentially fatal disease.

100 healthcare workers lost to virus

Data issued by the NCOC revealed that 100 healthcare workers, including 71 doctors, two nurses and 26 paramedics have succumbed to the virus till date. Among the fresh cases detected on December 1, 51 positive samples were of healthcare professionals. The data found that the incidence of transmissions amongst healthcare workers was due to lack of sufficient provisions of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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