No let-up in Covid-19 casualties in twin cities

Published April 10, 2021
Rawalpindi’s Murree Road gives a deserted look as the district administration has prohibited business activities on Fridays and Saturdays. — Online
Rawalpindi’s Murree Road gives a deserted look as the district administration has prohibited business activities on Fridays and Saturdays. — Online

ISLAMABAD: Eight more people lost their life to Covid-19 in the twin cities - four each in Islamabad and Rawalpindi - with 674 new cases in the capital and 259 in the garrison city on Friday.

Officials of the capital administration said six deaths were also reported in the city on Thursday.

On Friday, the death of two women in the age group of 50-59, one man in the age group of 80-89 and another in the age group of 90-99 was reported in the capital. They were residents of G-10, F-6, Rawal Town and B-17.During the last 24 hours, 8,711 tests were conducted out of which 404 males and 270 females tested positive. The positivity rate was 7.73 per cent.

As many as 152 cases were reported in the age group of 30-39, followed by 135 in 20-29, 105 in 40-49, 71 in 50-59, 70 in 0-9, 54 in 10-19, 53 in 60-69, 26 in 70-79 and eight in 80 and above.

Likewise, 40 cases were reported from Bhara Kahu, 38 from G-6, 35 from Loi Bher, 28 from G-9 26 each from Tarlai, G-7, 24 each from I-8, F-10, Khanna, 22 each from G-8, Chak Shahzad, 21 from I-10, 20 from Rawat, 18 each from G-10, E-11, 15 from Sohan, 13 each from F-11, G-13, F-8, F-6, 12 from Alipur, 10 each from Kurri, I-9, D-12, seven each from Chirrah, Sihala, six each from G-5, Rawal Town, five each from D-17, Phulgran, four each from F-7, Kirpa, Bari Imam, F-5, Tarnol, three each from G-14, E-7, H-8, E-16, Pind Begwal, I-11, E-18, two each from Koral, G-15, Model Town, Shah Allahdita, G-12, F-15, E-13, and one each from H-13, Jhangi Syedan, Saidpur, H-11, F-17, E-9, I-12, and Top city.

674 new cases emerge in Islamabad, 259 in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi

Four people died of Covid-19 and 259 others tested positive on Friday.

Sheikh M. Anees, 67, a resident of Angatpura, was taken to Shifa International Hospital on April 8 where he died.

Abdul Qadoos, 73, a resident of Khana Road, died at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where he was admitted on April 8.

Rehmat Shah, 68, a resident of Dhamial, also died at Pims where he was admitted on Thursday.Zameeda Bibi, 54, of Kotli Sattian, died at Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Centre where she was brought on April 8.

As many as 215 of the new patients reported to hospitals from the garrison city - 65 patients from cantonment, 65 from Potohar Town and 85 from Rawal Town.

Moreover, six patients came from Gujar Khan, 11 from Taxila, one from Murree, two from Kallar Syedan, four from Kotli Sattian, eight from Kahuta, three from Islamabad, three from Attock, two from Chakwal and one each from Harripur, Mandi Bahauddin, Jhelum and Rahim Yar Khan.

There are 3,438 active patients in the district - 1,198 in hospitals and 2,246 in home isolation. Besides, 642 patients are waiting for the results of their Covid-19 serology.

Of the new patients, 32 are admitted in Holy Family Hospital, 31 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), 139 in Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) and 25 patients in Fauji Foundation Hospital (FFH).

Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood said there were 30 patients on ventilators and 99 on oxygen.Meanwhile, 10 restaurants and 19 shopping malls were sealed and Rs100,000 fine imposed for the violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Friday.

Attock

The highest number of cases of the year were reported from the Jand tehsil of Attock as 15 people tested positive on Friday.

District focal person for Covid-19 Kashif Hussain said the tally of cases surged to 1,684.

The number of active patients in the district is 307 and 302 of them are home isolated and five hospitalised.

He said 13 suspected patients were also admitted to the district headquarters hospital in which 11 were in a critical condition.

He said results of 437 suspected patients were awaited, adding so far 1,276 patients have recovered from the disease in the district.

Taxila

As many as 15 people also tested positive in Taxila tehsil during the last 24 hours, according to health authorities. The total number of cases in Taxila and Wah has now increased to 1,298.

It is the second highest spike in the city during the current month. Officials said among those who tested positive on Friday were six women, including a frontline health worker. Seven of the patients belonged to various parts of Wah, especially Lalarukh and Gulshan Colony.

There are 210 active patients in the area and nine of them are admitted to different hospitals and 201 under home isolation.— Additional reporting by Amjad Iqbal

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2021

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