Hospitalization due to COVID-19 in Pakistan double in two weeks

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 related complications has doubled in the last couple of weeks, as Pakistan witnesses surge in the number of fresh cases.

According to the report, the government portal for tracking the spread of coronavirus in the country revealed that Pakistan on Monday recorded 2,756 new cases after conducting 36,929 tests — a positivity ratio of 7.46 percent.

A meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was informed on Monday of the rising number of infections in several cities — including Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and Faisalabad in Punjab; Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh; Peshawar, Abbottabad, and Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP); Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK); Gilgit and Islamabad.

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According to a statement, there had also been an increase in the number of infections reported at educational institutions across the country, with 19 per cent of total coronavirus cases being recorded among students.

The positivity ratio in educational institutions surged from 1.8% to 3.3% during the last week — an increase of 82%.

For the past several weeks, authorities have been sounding the alarm over a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this month, the nationwide positivity rate surpassed 5 per cent after a gap of over three months.

The maximum positivity rate had reached 23% in June as it had increased from 6 percent in May, while the positivity rate was brought down to 1.7% in September.

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