In view of the deteriorating situation, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19 held a special meeting on Saturday and discussed measures to stem further spread of the virus.
According to the NCOC data, 1,078 new cases the highest in the past three months were reported from across the country on Oct 29. While the number of new patients dropped to 807 the following day, the health authorities and medical experts expressed concern over the situation and advised the masses to ensure strict compliance to the health guidelines issued by the government. The NCOC data showed that as many as 1,114 people contracted the virus in the country on July 30. Since then the number of daily cases remained less than 1,000, with 330 cases reported on Aug 3 and 213 on Aug 30. However, the number of new cases again rose to 330 a week later, after which there has been a constant increase in positive cases.
On Oct 3, 632 new cases were reported.
The number of daily cases jumped to 755 on Oct 14, 847 on Oct 23 and 1,078 on Oct 29.
Similarly, the number of active cases has more than doubled during the past one and a half months, as there were only 5,936 active cases reported on September 15, but the figure jumped to12,121 on Oct 31, according to the NCOC data.
The situation can also be assessed through the increase in the use of ventilators by patients. One hundred ventilators out of the 1,884 allocated for Covid19 patients across the country are in use in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa only.
Meanwhile, the NCOC special meeting, which was presided over by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, expressed its concern over the prevailing situation and asked the provincial administrations to not only ensure availability of medicines and equipment in hospitals but also increase their stocks.
The provinces were further advised to make sure that people followed the standard operating procedures, according to a statement issued by the press information department.
A few days ago, the NCOC had directed the relevant administrations to fine violators of SOPs in 11 cities where commercial activities have been banned after 10 pm and public parks are supposed to remain closed after 6 pm.