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March 9, 2021

5 COVID-19 deaths, 264 cases

Islamabad

March 9, 2021

Rawalpindi:Coronavirus illness, COVID-19 outbreak is getting more and more intense with every passing day at least here in Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi district from where the number of confirmed cases of the disease is on a continuous increase and almost all educational institutions and marriage halls are operating as per routine giving more room to the virus to grow.

As many as 264 new patients have been tested positive for the illness in the last 24 hours from the twin cities showing the spread of the disease is getting faster again while the virus claimed another five lives from the region taking death toll to 1,162.

There is a continuous increase in number of COVID-19 cases, said District Health Officer ICT Dr. Muhammad Zaeem Zia adding the weekly positivity has risen to 4.1 per cent, for the last one week that was 2.65 per cent in the previous week.

The continuous increase in number of cases hints towards a similar situation encountered by the population in September 2020 after reopening of educational institutions when the second wave of the outbreak hit the region severely. The average number of patients being tested positive per day from the region had jumped to around 500 within two months after reopening of schools, colleges, universities and business setups at that time.