COVID-19 cases in capital witness sharp decline.

ISLAMABAD -- The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity ratio in the capital faced a sharp decline on Monday, however, load of patients on hospitals remained stagnant.

The virus positivity ratio fell to the lowest in the previous seven days to 3.35% with more than 200 more positive cases and two deaths.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 beds occupancy in the hospitals remained high, while closure of educational institutions was also recommended after confirmation of multiple virus cases there.

The district administration has also restricted the movement of residents in multiple streets and sectors. According to the data released by the District Health Office (DHO) in the previous 24 hours, 6,330 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours and 212 persons tested positive. According to the official stats, virus positivity ratio in the city dropped to 3.35% which is the lowest in the previous seven days.

However, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Media Coordinator Dr. Waseem Khawaja said that despite the low positivity ratio of cases, patients' load on hospitals has not decreased.

He said that still around 150 patients are admitted in the hospital out of 200 allocated beds. Dr. Waseem also added that around 800 to 1,000 people are daily being vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine. However, he said that non-implementation on COVID-19 SOPs was leading to patients ending up at hospital and more than 90% include those who have not been vaccinated.

FMDC closed as corona cases emerge

The DHO has recommended the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to close the Federal Medical Dental College (FMDC) and its hostel after confirmation of the COVID-19 cases there.

The letter written to the city administration said that it has been observed that eight cases of COVID-19 have been reported in college and hostel of Federal Medical College, G-8/4, Islamabad.

It is hereby advised to immediately close both the college and hostel premises for a period till further intimation by the office of the undersigned and conduct thorough disinfection activities as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination. Furthermore...

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