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Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak in the federal capital, the District Administration of Islamabad has imposed restrictions on outdoor dining.
The restrictions were put in place in accordance with the National Command and Operation Center’s recommendation and the Epidemic Disease Control Act of 1958.
Outdoor dining in Islamabad will close at 10 p.m. on weekdays, according to an official announcement. Both indoor and outdoor dining will remain closed along with all other commercial activities other than essential services.
However, takeaway activity of restaurants does not fall under this restriction and will continue subject to the observation of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
In this regard, DC Islamabad has issued an order to all Assistant Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Magistrates to immediately implement the latest directives.
Meanwhile, District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Zaeem Zia in a notification stated that all adult vaccination centers in the capital will remain closed on Sundays and on public holidays.
With effect from March 18, Covid-19 vaccination will not be performed in any vaccination center on Sundays or national holidays, even in hospitals/health facilities that are otherwise open on Sundays and national holidays, according to the notification.
The DHO also issued an advisory which stated: “We are concerned about the current spike of Covid-19.” The advisory will help cut down on the disease burden, he added.
Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in Islamabad, according to the advisory, and citizens can stay safe by using simple precautions like physical separation, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.
If a family member becomes ill, isolate the sick person, limit contact with the virus, care for the sick person, and contact the DHO office if the patient experiences difficulty breathing, confusion, or loss of speech or mobility, along with chest pain.
Also, get your elders vaccinated and make sure they go to the vaccination center wearing gloves and a mask.
Meanwhile, Islamabad’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumped up to more than 8% after 747 new cases of Coronavirus were reported today, the city’s highest daily tally of cases during the ongoing third wave of the viral outbreak. PM Imran Khan has also tested positive for corona virus.
District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad, Zaeem Zia, has urged the public to use facemasks and avoid close-proximity and stationary crowds.