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PM advocates use of face mask, warns of winter coronavirus spike

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Imran Khan recently warned that the nation could expect a spike in virus cases in winter.

According to the data shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19, active cases, which were a little over 6,000 last month, had risen to 9,425 by Oct 4.

“Compared to some other states, Allah has been kind to us in Pak & spared us the worst effects of COVID-19. There is a fear onset of winter could result in the 2nd wave. I urge everyone to wear face masks in public to avoid a spike. All offices & ed (educational) institutions must ensure masks are worn,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

Viruses of influenza (coronavirus) become more active with the decrease in temperature. However, experts believe that the casual attitude of people and violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) could also lead to the spread of the virus and might push the country to a situation similar to that in the West and India.

The NCOC’s data, meanwhile, showed that the number of critical cases was much lower than expected.

As many as 95 ventilators were in use across the country out of 1,912 allocated for COVID-19. There was no patient on the vent in Azad Kashmir and Balochistan on Sunday, the centre’s data revealed. Besides, there are 735 hospitals with COVID-19 facilities having 753 patients.

-MN Report


October 5, 2020

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