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A health care worker takes a nasal swab sample from a woman at a COVID-19 testing facility at a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. Image Credit: AP

Islamabad: The federal capital is being hit by the third wave of COVID-19, with 72,613 cases confirmed so far, and the city’s top hospital - Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) - is under severe pressure since there is no letup in new patients.

Joint Executive Director of the hospital Dr. Siraj says the hospital is under enormous pressure and cannot handle any more patients any longer.

Meanwhile, Islamabad’s operational graveyard in Sector H-11 is fast running out of space due to deaths caused by coronavirus. The graveyard was receiving 20 to 25 dead bodies daily.

Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiative Asad Umar on Saturday announced the walk-in vaccination for 60-64 year old persons was starting from Sunday, April 25. Walk in vaccination for 65 and above is already open, said Umar in a tweet.

“All those 60 and above who are registered, go to your vaccination center and get vaccinated,” said the minister.

Pakistan’s total cases of COVID-19 have surged to 790,016 while death toll has reached the grim landmark of 17,000.

Saturday turned out to be the deadliest day for Pakistan since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year as the country reported 157 deaths in single day and 5,908 new cases of COVID-19 after 52,402 tests during the last 24 hours.