Active Covid-19 cases on the rise in Sindh, Balochistan

Published September 28, 2021
Children riding on a bike with their family wear facemasks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Karachi on October 29. — AFP/File
Children riding on a bike with their family wear facemasks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Karachi on October 29. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Active Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Sindh and Balochistan as compared to other parts of the country.

Out of a total of 27,597 deaths rep­orted across the country so far due to Covid-19, as many as 61pc deaths were reported in male, 39pc in female and almost zero per cent, i.e. three deaths, in transgender people.

According to data of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), while the number of positive cases was on the decline in Pun­jab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Isla­­mabad, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, the cases were on the rise in Sindh and Balochistan.

As the national positivity ratio remained at 3.6pc, the highest positivity rate was reported in Hyderabad (8.69pc), Sargodha (7.95pc) and Lahore (7.75pc).

National positivity ratio recorded at 3.6pc

In all, 475 ventilators were in use in the country. In Multan, 86pc vents were occupied, while 60pc were in use in Sargodha.

The data showed that 17,963 cases were reported among healthcare workers (HCWs) out of which 60pc were reported in doctors, 26pc in paramedics and other staff, and 14pc in nurses.

Of all healthcare workers, 75pc of them were performing duty out of Covid-19 wards. Overall, 168 deaths were reported in healthcare workers. In all the deaths in health workers, 168 were doctors, one was a medical student, four were nurses and 61 were paramedics.

The highest number of per million population (PMP) tests was conducted in Islamabad — 879,707. PMP test stood at 117,032 in Sindh, 107,128 in Balochistan, 77,299 in KP, 69,288 in AJK, 62,654 in Punjab and 31,819 in Balochistan.

The data showed that there were 68 public sector labs and they were being utilised by 98pc people, while the number of private labs was 103 and they were being used by around 40pc people.

The overall number of labs performing Covid-19 tests across the country was 173 and they are being utilised by 57pc people.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said that though 98pc public sector labs were being used, in emergency cases they could be utilised in double shifts or round the clock.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority announced that another consignment of three million doses of Sinovac arrived in the country on Sunday and it was handed over to the ministry concerned.

Published in Dawn, September 28th, 2021

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