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Violations of coronavirus SOPs: Sindh to ban public transport

Pakistan is running out of hospital beds as it has reported the highest daily spike ever in deaths from the novel coronavirus, reporting 105 fatalities over the last 24 hours.

The SOPs regarding coronavirus have been gravely violated in four provinces, the Federal Capital Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

According to media reports the concerned authorities heavily fined the violators and closed multiple shops, transport and factories. The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has issued the details regarding violations of SOPs. According to them within 24 hours extreme violations regarding coronavirus SOPs have been witnessed in the Federal Capital Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan, and 4 other provinces.

The NCOC spokesperson said that 250 shops and 92 cars violating the SOPs in Baluchistan have been temporarily locked and heavily fined. 769 shops and 776 vehicles in Punjab has been locked and fined, multiple shops and cars in Sindh have been fined like this. 302 shops sealed, 221 cars locked, whereas 1933 persons have been fined in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  Action has been taken against 70 cars and 67 shops in Gilgit Baltistan.

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101 violations were noticed within 24 hours in the Federal Capital Islamabad, whereas legal action against 422 persons has been taken in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

The government of Sindh on Tuesday hinted at banning public transport over violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) amid ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to media reports Sindh Transport and Mass Transit Minister Awais Qadir Shah said that the decision will be taken if the violation of SOPs continues in the province.

The traffic police officers are also not cooperating in current situation, he said.

On the other hand, Pakistan has reported record 105 deaths by novel coronavirus in one day and the number of positive cases has surged to 108,317. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 2,172.

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According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 4,646 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Pakistan has so far conducted 730,453 coronavirus tests and 24,620 in last 24 hours. 35,018 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.

With the latest surge, the death toll in the country reached 2,172. The previous highest daily tally was 97.

With 4,646 new cases over the last day, the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 108,316 in Pakistan, already surpassing China and Saudi Arabia to land the country at the 15th spot in terms of cases, the data showed. Some 35,100 patients have recovered so far.

According to the official statistics, Pakistan has conducted 730,453 tests across the country to date.

Health experts see the ever-increasing coronavirus cases as a result of the lifting of a prolonged lockdown late last month, warning that the country’s already weak health system might crash soon if the tally continues to surge at the current pace.

Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk