Covid-19 more lethal for patients aged 80 and above in Islamabad

Published December 27, 2020
Covid-19 is proving lethal for people in the age group of 80 and above while the highest number of positive cases were being reported among those in the age bracket of 50-59. — AFP/File
Covid-19 is proving lethal for people in the age group of 80 and above while the highest number of positive cases were being reported among those in the age bracket of 50-59. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Covid-19 is proving lethal for people in the age group of 80 and above while the highest number of positive cases were being reported among those in the age bracket of 50-59.

According to officials of the capital administration, coronavirus has claimed more lives of people who are aged 80 and above with the ratio recorded at 14.31pc.

The second highest percentage of deaths among Covid-19 patients was reported in the age bracket of 70-79 which was 8.16pc, followed by 3.85pc in the age range of 60-69, 1.47pc among people in the age group of 50-59, 0.58pc in 40-49 age, 0.14pc in 30-39, 0.034pc in 10-19, 0.031pc in 0-9 and 0.014pc in the age bracket of 20-29, the officials added.

Positive cases high among people in age bracket of 50-59; Pindi reports five deaths

They further said 4.5pc population in 50-59 age group contracted the virus since its outbreak in the capital, followed by 3.78pc people in their 60s, 3.47pc in their 40s, 3.45pc in the age range of 30-39, 3.43pc people in the 70s and 2.83pc people in their 80s and above.Meanwhile, the number of infections and positivity rate increased slightly on Saturday, officials said.

They said 137 people were infected compared to 123 the previous day.

During the last 24 hours, 3,673 tests were conducted out of which 80 males and 57 females received positive reports, the officials said, adding that the positivity rate was recorded at 3.7pc on Saturday compared to 3pc on Friday.

According to the breakdown, 12 cases were reported from F-18, followed by 11 each from Lohi Bher and Bhara Kahu, nine from G-11, seven each from G-9, G-10 and Rawat, six each from G-6 and F-11, five each from G-7 and G-8, four each from E-11, F-10 and Model Town Humak, three from I-10, H-13, Tarnol and E-7, two each from I-8, G-13, F-7, Chak Shahzad, Sihala and I-14 and one each from Tarlai, Sohan, I-9, Koral, Rawal Town, Kirpa, F-5, D-17, G-14, Phulgran, Shah Allah Ditta, H-12 and Gokina.

Rawalpindi

Casualties continued to rise in the district as five more lost their struggle against Covid-19 on Saturday while the number of people testing positive fell to 28.

Haji Muneer Javed, 67, from Tench Bhatta, had been under treatment in Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) since Dec 21 where he breathed his last on Saturday.

Mohammad Naseem, 81, from Mohallah Asghar Mall, was also admitted to RIU on Dec 25 where he died late Friday night. Musarrat Parveen, 65, a resident of Dhoke Ratta, arrived at RIU on Dec 24 where she lost her life on Saturday.

Riffat Mangroob, 58, a resident of Journalist Colony, Adiala Road, was being treated at Quaid-i-Azam International Hospital since Dec 22 but could not survive and passed away on Saturday. A resident of Wah Cantonment, Mohammad Asif, 43, breathed his last at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday night where he had been under treatment since Dec 25.

As many as 940 active patients are in the district with 242 admitted to hospitals and the remaining isolated in their homes.

Since March, 4,074 Covid-19 patients have been reported in Rawalpindi city, 2,792 in Potohar Town, 2,484 were recorded in cantonment areas, 694 in Gujar Khan, 814 in Taxila, 322 in Kahuta, 206 in Kallar Syedan, 136 in Murree and 78 were reported from Kotli Sattian.Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood told

Dawn that 15,098 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 months out of whom 12,659 were from Rawalpindi, 1,011 from Attock, 959, Jhelum and 469 from Chakwal.

He said 13,231 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering in the four districts.

Mr Mehmood said 627 people have died in Rawalpindi Division in the last 10 months.

Attock

Three patients emerged in the district during the last 24 hours.

District Health Authority Chief Executive Dr Jawad Elahi said two patients were reported from Hazro and one from Attock city, adding that the district had 175 active patients.

Taxila tehsil also reported three new cases during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 892.

According to statistics released by the health authorities on Saturday, among the new patients, one was detected in ward 6 while two in ward 8 of Wah.

At present, the number of active patients in the tehsil stands at 288 and all are under home isolation. So far 579 patients have recovered from the deadly virus. — Additional reporting by Amjad Iqbal

Published in Dawn, December 27th, 2020

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