Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar contributing around 70% to Covid-19 spread in Pakistan

Rawalpindi, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi are the five major cities contributing around 70% to the spread of the pandemic across the country, as revealed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC)

According to the report, the nation’s nerve centre for monitoring the pandemic was briefed that the cities’ positivity ratios were rising and they were reporting the most Covid-19 cases per day.

It was also noted that Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Rawalpindi were among the top cities with a persistently rising positivity ratio.

The forum also analyzed critical stock data related to the positivity ratio, occupancy of oxygenated beds and ventilators across the country and enforcement of smart lockdowns. It also discussed the stock of health facilities and equipment available for Covid across the country.

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The NCOC noted that all required medical equipment was available as per the need of the provinces and proper supply to them was being managed.

It further asked all stakeholders to ensure stringent measures to enforce SOPs put in place to control the spread of the virus.

The NCOC further informed that the national positivity ratio had dipped to 7.01%. The highest positivity ratio was observed in Mirpur 24.85% in AJK, followed by Hyderabad 22.181% and Karachi 18.96% in Sindh, the NCOC observed.

Besides Mirpur, AJK also recorded a 17.95% positivity ratio in Muzaffarabad.

However, in Punjab, Lahore has a positivity ration of 4.00%, Rawalpindi 6.80% and Multan 2.55%. As per Sindh, As for K-P, the positivity ratio stood at in Peshawar stood at 11.12%; 8.84% in Quetta, Balochistan; 5.03% in Islamabad, whereas a 6.77% positivity ratio was observed in Gilgit, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The number of active cases of coronavirus has risen to over 47,390 across the country, with 43 more people dying due to the pandemic in the last 24 hours.

Out of the total active cases, Sindh had 9,072; Punjab 17,771; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) 5,140; Islamabad 6,699; Balochistan 603; Gilgit-Baltistan 324 and Azad Jammu and Kashmir 760.

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