Gilgit Baltistan declared free from coronavirus

Sindh, KP reports new coronavirus cases

GILGIT: Government officials of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) have claimed that the region has finally become “free of COVID-19.”

Gilgit’s Deputy Commissioner took to his Twitter account and shared the city’s daily situation report for COVID-19 released by the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre of Gilgit-Baltistan’s health department.

Responding to the tweet, the Secretary of Gilgit Baltistan’s Home Department Muhammad Ali Randhawa thanked God for the development. “Alhamdulillah,” the secretary wrote.

 According to the daily situation report which shows zero new cases in Gilgit city, since the outbreak of the virus, Gilgit-Baltistan collectively has witnessed a total of 4,912 cases in the region out of which 4,794 people have recovered, while 102 people have died.

Earlier, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Health Department’s focal person for COVID-19, Dr Shah Zaman had informed the campaign of COVID-19 vaccination of frontline healthcare workers will be started from February 15 in the region.

Dr Shah Zaman while talking to media in Gilgit said Gilgit-Baltistan has not reported a single Covid-19 case during the past four days.

Dr Shah said the government is trying to ensure enforcement of SOPs in institutions across the region, adding that screening, wearing facemasks and social distancing were mandatory for the public under standard operating procedures.

The health officials said about four thousand doses of vaccine will be transposed to Gilgit within the next few days. He said data of front-line health workers including doctors and paramedical staff have been collected.