ISLAMABAD: Wearing face masks have been made mandatory in all public places in Islamabad to combat ongoing spread of deadly coronavirus. In a tweet, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad HamzaShafqaat said anyone who is seen without a face mask will be prosecuted under Section 144 and charged with Section 188 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). A notification has also been issued in this regard.
The decision was taken after Pakistan confirmed 88 more deaths from novel coronavirus in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 1,483 and positive cases surged to 69,496.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,039 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 547,030 coronavirus tests and 14,972 in last 24 hours. 25,271 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.