ISLAMABAD: The number of Covid-19 cases reported in a single day and the positivity rate further decreased in the capital on Tuesday with 120 people testing positive for the disease and the positivity rate at 6.7pc. One patient passed away after contracting the virus in Rawalpindi district.

Officials of the capital administration said that a decline in the number of positive cases on a single day was seen during the last two days. On Tuesday, 120 virus cases emerged in the capital against 1,775 tests, while 164 and 159 cases were reported on Sunday and Monday against 1,941 and 1,916 tests conducted respectively; the positivity rate on both days was 8.4pc and 8.2pc.

On Tuesday 63 males and 57 females were tested positive, they said, adding that 27 cases were reported in the age group of 20-29 followed by 25 in 30-39, 15 in 40-49, 13 each in 50-59 and 60-69, 10 each in 0-9 and 10-19, and six in 70-79.

The age group of one patient is not known.

Likewise, nine cases were reported from Lohi Bher, followed by six each from Tarlai, I-8 and F-10, five each from Rawat, G-6, F-11 and Kurri, four each from G-10, Bhara Kahu, G-7 and G-13, three each from G-9, E-11, Sohan, Alipur, and G-15, two each from G-11, G-8 and Sihala, and one each from I-10, I-9, F-8, Chak Shahzad, Koral, F-7, F-6, Kirpa, G-14, H-13, H-11, Phulgran, E-8 and H-8, the officials said, adding address of 22 cases are not known.

They said 96 more patients also recovered from the virus. The capital has 2,024 active cases and out of the total 81 are admitted in hospitals.

Meanwhile, one person died of Covid-19 on Tuesday in Rawalpindi district while 86 people tested positive for the deadly virus and 64 patients were discharged from the hospital after recovery during the last 24 hours.

The deceased was identified as Hamid Jalil, 72, resident of Khayaban-i-Sir Syed. He was brought to Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) on July 3 where he passed away on Tuesday. In Rawalpindi district, there are 762 active patients. As many as 135 patients are in hospitals including 20 patients who arrived from other districts and 627 patients are home isolated.

As many as 19 patients arrived from Cantonment areas, 28 patients from Potohar Town and 23 from Rawal Town. As many as five patients arrived from Taxila and two from Gujar Khan. Seven patients arrived from Islamabad and one from AJK.

As many as 23 patients are currently admitted in Holy Family Hospital, 17 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), 38 in Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU), 22 in Fauji Foundation Hospital (FFH) and two patients are admitted in Bilal Hospital.

There are four patients on ventilators in Rawalpindi, 50 are on oxygen support and 48 are stable.

Published in Dawn, July 21st, 2021

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