Out Of 783 new coronavirus cases, 332 of the total detected in Punjab alone, in a single day, the federal government offered a list of thousands of addresses and names to the provinces to immediately implement the ‘trace, test, and quarantine (TTQ)’ policy.
“There is a need to focus more on locally transmitted cases when the share of locally transmitted cases has reached 81 per cent. Provinces will track, trace and quarantine the contacts of the confirmed cases to slow down the spread of the virus,” said Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister.
According to the TTQ policy, the provincial governments, along with district administrations, will locate the confirmed cases and test them.
He also alerted that the number of Covid-19 tests would possibly increase in coming days due to implementation of TTQ policy. So far, more than 13,300 people have tested positive, more than 275 are dead, 16 in the last 24 hours, while last day reported cases were 783, across the country.
Out of 783, the provincial breakup was;
- 332 cases in Punjab,
- 287 in Sindh,
- 85 in KPK, ,
- 12 in Islamabad,
- 66 in Balochistan
- 1 in Gilgit-Baltistan tested positive for Covid-19.
Currently, there are 49 patients who are in critical condition.
The PM’s aide instructed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) directly to hospitals. In response, PPEs given to 204 hospitals of Punjab, 100 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11 of Islamabad, 80 hospitals of Sindh, eight hospitals of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and four hospitals of Balochistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, prominent health experts are demanding the government to ensure strict lockdown in the country, as according to Dr. Bari (Indus Hospital) said Pakistan’s health system could not afford a large number of patients that could rise in coming days as the lockdown has eased for public gathering areas.