Saturday, August 13, 2022

Pakistan reports 818 fresh Covid cases, four deaths

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday reported as many as 818 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute of Health (NIH) data showed.

According to the National Institute of Health, 18,305 Covid tests were conducted across the country in past 24 hours, out of which 818 turned out to be positive.

The nationwide Covid-19 test positivity ratio remained 4.47 percent, according to the report.

Moreover, four Covid-19-related deaths were reported in past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll in the province to 30,397, said NIH, adding that 126 people are in critical condition.

NCOC issues new SOPs

The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) has issued new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for government offices amid rising coronavirus cases.

In a statement, the coronavirus monitoring body has directed the government employees to wear masks and ensure social distance in offices.

According to NCOC, all government employees will be briefed regarding coronavirus SOPs. All staff will ensure the implementation of SOPs for their families as well as themselves. In addition, wearing masks will be made compulsory in offices.

During obligatory prayers, social distancing should be ensured, while hand sanitization should be available on all internal and external routes of offices. The administration of the offices should ensure that all employees are fully vaccinated.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the people of Pakistan to strictly follow COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) as a surge was witnessed in coronavirus cases.

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