National Covid-19 positivity ratio drops to 3.96pc

Published January 25, 2021
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, out of 48 deaths, 23 died on ventilators. — AFP/File
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, out of 48 deaths, 23 died on ventilators. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: While 1,594 more people tested positive for coronavirus and 48 patients died in a single day, the national average positivity ratio remained at 3.96 per cent on Sunday.

Most deaths were reported from Punjab i.e. 24. Sindh reported 13 deaths, Khyber Pakhtun­khwa (KP) recorded six, while Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) reported the death of two patients each, and Balochistan recorded one death.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, out of 48 deaths, 23 died on ventilators. The total number of deaths swelled to 11,295.

The NCOC said the positivity ratio of Sindh was 10.23pc, AJK 5.97pc, KP 5.25pc, Balochistan 3.52pc, Punjab 2.54pc, Islamabad 1.18pc and GB 0.56pc. Area-wise highest positivity ratio was observed in Hyderabad with 11.57pc, followed by Peshawar 11.29pc and Karachi 10.68pc.

While currently 2,273 Covid-19 patients were in critical condition, 304 ventilators were occupied across the country with no patient on vent in AJK, Gilgit Bal­tistan (GB) and Balochistan. The data regarding ventilators showed that in Multan 38pc ventilators were in use, Lahore’s 37pc, Islamabad’s 35pc and Bahawalpur’s 32pc vents were occupied. Oxygen beds-related data depicted that in Peshawar 45pc, Karachi’s 38pc, Multan’s 36pc and Rawalpindi’s 27pc beds were occupied.

Total number of active Covid-19 cases in Pakistan was 34,628 and as many as 486,489 people recovered from disease. So far over 7.6 million tests have been conducted.

In Punjab, Bahawalpur’s positivity ratio was 4.46pc, Lahore’s 4.23pc, Faisalabad’s 3.21pc, Multan’s 1.91pc and Rawalpindi’s positivity ratio was 1.14pc.

In Sindh, Hyderabad’s positivity was 11.57pc and Karachi’s 10.68pc. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar’s positivity rate was 11.29pc, Swat’s 3.41pc and Abbottabad reported 0.31pc positivity rate.

In Balochistan, Quetta’s positivity was 2.41pc, Islamabad’s 1.18pc. In AJK, Mirpur’s positivity was 5.04pc and Muzaffarabad reported 2.5pc. In GB, Gilgit’s positivity was 1.41pc.

The mortality rate in patients, infected with deadly virus, was 2.12pc as compared to 2.14pc global rate.

In Pakistan 69pc males had been infected and 77.9pc of the deceased were over the age of 50 years, 74pc had chronic comorbidities, 91pc of deceased remained hospitalized and 58pc of hospitalized patients remained on ventilators.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in December 2019 in China before being detected in other countries. Pakistan had closed its borders and took a number of steps to stop the transmission due to which the first case was reported in Pakistan in last week of February, 2020. On March 13, the first meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), comprising top civil and military leadership, was held to discuss the crisis which was later declared pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). So far, two waves of the cases have been reported across the country.

Published in Dawn, January 25th, 2021

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