LAHORE – Coronavirus continues to haunt people with increasing intensity because 436 others tested positive in Punjab on Monday, the highest number of cases reported in one day since the pandemic outbreak. The number of confirmed cases in the province has now reached 1,816.
A total of 352 new COVID cases19 have been reported from quarantine facilities for preachers belonging to Tableeghi Jamat and pilgrims who have just returned from Iran. A total of 63 new cases of COVID19 were reported from among people who had a history of travel or were infected through local transmission. As many as 21 other prisoners were also tested positive for the deadly virus, which made the count to 49.
Of 1816 confirmed COVID19 patients, 577 were pilgrims who had just returned from Iran, 527 Tableeghi Jamat preachers, 49 prisoners and 663 citizens who had a history of travel or were victims of local virus transmission. Of the 577 confirmed patients from among pilgrims, 359 were in quarantine centers in Multan, 213 in Dera Ghazi Khan and five in Faisalabad.
Of the 527 confirmed COVID preachers, 398 were in quarantine centers in Raiwind, 31 in Hafizabad, 15 in Rahim Yar Khan, 14 in Vehari, 13 each in Sargodha and Layyah, 10 in Jhelum, eight in Gujrat, six in Rawalpindi, four each in Khushab and Sialkot, three in Mandi Bahauddin, two in Nankana Sahib and one each in Bhakkar and Rajanpur. A total of 10,263 preachers who recently attended Tableeghi Ijtema were at quarantine centers in 33 districts for testing and isolation.
So far 663 residents have also tested positive for the virus in 28 districts in the province. These people have travel history or they are infected through local virus transmission.
The highest number of cases have been reported from Lahore where 291 patients are being treated at various centers. A total of 93 patients were treated in Gujrat, 58 in Rawalpindi, 32 in Gujranwala, 30 in Jhelum, 21 in Faisalabad, 18 in DG Khan, 17 in Sialkot, 14 in Mandi Bahauddin, 13 each in Nankana Sahib and Vehari, nine in among them. in Bahawalnagar, eight in Kasur, six each in Hafizabad, Chiniot and Narowal, five in Sargodha, four in Multan, three each in Rahim Yar Khan, Mianwali, Bahawalpur and Lodhran and respectively in Sheikhupura, Attock, Layyah , Okara and Khushab.
The Punjab Ministry of Health has sent an SOP to deal with COVID patients19 and rescued other prisoners in prison to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Since no deaths were reported on Monday, COVID19 related victims in Punjab remained 15 including seven in Lahore, four in Rawalpindi and respectively in Faisalabad, Jhelum, Gujrat and Rahim Yar Khan. According to a spokesman for the Department of Primary and Secondary Health, all patients receive treatment in quarantine centers and isolation rooms in public sector hospitals. He said that serious patients were immediately transferred to the High Dependency Unit. He urged people to stay home, wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizers. He advises social distance and adopts preventive measures when attending sick family members.
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