ISLAMABAD: Islamabad reopened its water and amusement parks on Monday, nearly a week after registering a nationwide drop in new COVID-19 cases, while the positivity rate stood at less than 5 percent for the sixth consecutive day across the country, official data showed.
Islamabad’s district administration said the decision was taken “amid low disease transmission and in light of global practices.”
“It is subject to the strict adherence of following protocols,” it said in a notification issued on Monday, adding: “Fifty percent capacity will be ensured at all entertainment facilities.”
Starting from May 16, Pakistan began relaxing its COVID-19 restrictions – which had been imposed ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr holidays – before resuming public transport services in all provinces and cities and re-opening markets under strict health protocols across the country.
According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the federal body dealing with the country’s COVID-19 response, Pakistan reported a 4.05 percent positivity rate for COVID-19, with 2,117 new cases and 43 deaths reported on Monday.
Statistics 31 May 21:
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 52,223
Positive Cases: 2117
Positivity % : 4.05%
Deaths : 43
— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) May 31, 2021
The South Asian nation of over 220 million is currently grappling with the third wave of the pandemic, which authorities said has begun to decline.
Recently, Pakistan ramped up its immunization campaign to inoculate the public again the coronavirus. As of Monday, it had vaccinated more than 7 million people.