ICT admin temporary shuts public dealings after COVID-19 cases
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration Thursday decided to shut down all public dealings on temporary basis after emergence of 10 coronavirus positive cases among the officials.
“We are closing down public dealings and hearings till November 29 while other routine work will continue. Limited interaction with public will start from next week," Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat told APP.
He said those who confirmed with COVID-19 were quarantined, however, samplings of other officials were also being carried out by National Institute Health (NIH) officials.
During the temporary closure of ICT office, the facilitation centre at the office would continue its operations with strict implementation of anti-coronavirus guidelines to facilitate the masses, the DC remarked.
Capital reports highest single day increase in corona cases
The federal capital has reported its highest single day rise in COVID-19 cases in the last two months, with 576 people tested positive.
According to an official of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), six people died of the disease in hospitals of federal capital during last 24 hours.
He said that as many as 424 cases were reported on Wednesday while 537 cases were reported on Tuesday which was the second highest number of cases reported in a day during the last two months.
He said so far 28,555 cases were reported from the federal capital while 297 deaths were reported from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). He added 22,451 patients had been recovered completely.
Meanwhile, on the direction of Ministry of National Health Services, the district administration of Islamabad had continued smart lockdown in different streets of the capital to reduce transmission of the infection in the selected streets and other sectors.
They also started taking actions on violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) related with the corona while visiting marriage halls, markets and petrol pumps by its inspection teams.
The administration also sealed schools, shops, workshop and restaurants on violation of SOPs.
The inspection teams also issued notices besides imposing fines on owners of different shops.
Commenting on the situation, an official of Ministry of National Health Services said several local level administrative decisions were made to control the disease.
He advised the citizens to continue following the social distancing, use of mask and other precautionary measures to stop increasing local transmission of COVID-19 in the city.
He said the government had adopted effective strategy to combat COVID-19 in order to reduce corona cases in the country. - APP