RAWALPINDI: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has inaugurated the Corona Management Center for Rawalpindi Division at Urology Institute on Saturday.
As per details, the Center has been set up due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Rawalpindi. On this occasion, speaking to journalists the health minister said Rawalpindi was facing a strong second wave as seven people have lost their lives during the last 24 hours.
Dr Yasmin further said as many as 48 cases were reported in Rawalpindi on Saturday. After Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad, Rawalpindi is worst affected by the virus. As many as 35 paramedical staff have recovered and returned back to their duties.
The minister informed.
“The staff of Rawalpindi Institute of Urology is very well trained to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. I urge people to follow safety precautions, not leave their homes without urgent need, wear masks and avoid shaking hands, she said.
Citizens seem to have become careless about the SOPs. Only by wearing masks, the risk of spread can be reduced by 70pc. We have reserved 100 beds in the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology and another 100 beds will be added by next week,” she added.
“The cold trial of vaccines currently being forward is very different. The other one is the Chinese vaccine and its trials are underway. If the trials are successful Pakistan will be the first country to use it. She said.
The number of coronavirus cases has been rising steadily as the nation reported the highest number of cases since mid-July
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 2,165 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 more deaths were recorded across the country during the last 24 hours. The total number of recorded cases has reached 354, 46.
The total death toll has reached up to 7,109 in Pakistan, whereas 1316 people are said to be in a critical condition suffering the disease.
The number of active cases of COVID-19 reached up to 24,938. During the past 24 hours, over 34,535 tests have been conducted out of which 2,165 were positive.
Sindh has been the worst affected province and recorded 153,873 COVID-19. In the statement by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh recorded 822 cases and lost four people to the coronavirus on Friday. Out of the new cases recorded, 621 were from Karachi.