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National positivity rate crossed 3% for the first time in 70 days while upwards of 1,000 single-day COVID-19 infections were recorded on Thursday as second wave picks up steam in Pakistan; eleven districts and sessions courts in Islamabad sealed as judges and court staffers test positive for the coronavirus disease; Government Postgraduate College for Women in Mardan sealed as three teachers and five students found infected, while Sindh education minister Saeed Ghani mulls online education over fears of suspending schools once again amidst second wave outbreak.
Businesses to remain closed after 10PM, parks off-limits after 6PM in eleven cities after Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi, announces NCOC; 35 shops and five restaurants in Lahore's Raiwind, Model Town and Cantt sealed for SOP violations; six public schools in Malir sealed over coronavirus cases.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan confirms second wave has begun in Pakistan; International Islamic University, Islamabad (IUI) temporarily closed as student tests positive for COVID-19; fourth grader in government school in Toba Tek Singh diagnosed positive for coronavirus.
773 contract the novel coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours; 71 PIMS doctors, nurses and staff members were diagnosed COVID-19 positive in the past 30 days; three departments of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad sealed over emergence of cases; study finds COVID-19 restrictions disrupted healthcare facilities for TB and HIV patients in Pakistan.
National Command and Operations Center advises Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department to monitor hospital admissions and positivity rate, health department assures situation is under control; 600 fines amounting to a total of Rs. 820,000 imposed in Hazara Division, 16 shops sealed and 2,500 individuals issued warnings; COVID-19 positivity rate rises to around 2% in Punjab, 2.89% across the country.
8,272 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19 till date, including 5,046 doctors and 927 nurses; Lahore police steps up coronavirus SOPs at police stations amidst fears of a second wave; NCOC warns of reinstating a country-wide lockdown if people continue to flout SOPs; three educational institutions in Islamabad and one school in Lahore sealed over infections among students.
Global coronavirus tally crosses the 40 million mark as winter sets in. Islamabad reports over 1,000 active COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, Punjab reports ten virus-related fatalities while Sindh records two.
Countries in grip with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are opting for cheaper but less accurate antigen testing to hasten results. Shortage of PCR kits and trained staff in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's hospitals cause shortfall in provincial testing capacity. The Lahore High Court rejects Young Doctor's Association petition to halt Pakistan Democratic Movement rally over fears of it becoming a super spreader event.
Punjab considers a complete province-wide lockdown after NCOC notes “slight” surge in the positivity ratio and fresh cases, particularly in Sindh, despite improvements in the recovery rate and fall in death rate.
Saeed Ghani rubbishes reports of schools in Karachi being sealed just as micro-lockdowns imposed in 5 Korangi localities. In other news, KP govt may suspend COVID-19 screenings on campuses due to low disease prevalence in schools and colleges.