–Citizens urged to follow SOPs as coronavirus fatality rate reaches 2.02pc
ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was informed on Sunday that 70 per cent coronavirus cases were present in five major cities of the country – Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Karachi, Hyderabad and Peshawar.
Pakistan recorded 2,829 new cases and 43 deaths due to the Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, taking the total cases to 395,185 and fatalities to 7,985. During the meantime, 2,257 patients recovered from the disease, leaving active cases at 47,390.
During a meeting chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, the forum learned that around 46 deaths were recorded in the past week, while 237 people were hospitalised every day. The meeting was also informed that the country had the required medical equipment and a proper supply was being managed.
The forum directed for stringent enforcement measures to control the spread of the disease. The NCOC said that Pakistan’s Covid-19 positivity ratio has reached 7.1 per cent.
The highest positivity ratio was observed in Mirpur at 24.85 per cent, followed by Hyderabad at 22.181 per cent and Karachi 18.96 per cent. The positivity ratio in various federating units is as follows: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), 16.58 per cent; Balochistan, 9.12 per cent; Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 5.56 per cent; Islamabad 5.30 per cent; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 5.31 per cent; Punjab 3.45 per cent; and Sindh 15.31 per cent.
The meeting noted that 2,186 Covid-19 patients across the country were critically ill, and the number was increasing sharply.
According to NCOC’s data, 40,369 tests were conducted across the country during the past 24 hours, taking the tally of tested samples to 5,475,508.
Meanwhile, the NCOC, in its report, said that 7,986 deaths occurred to Covid-19, which takes the Covid Fatality Rate (CFR) to 2.02 per cent against the global average of 2.33 per cent. It added that 71 per cent of the deceased were males, and around 76 per cent patients were over the age of 50.
The analysis highlighted that 72 per cent patients who died of coronavirus had comorbidities, i.e. different diseases coexisting for a long period of time. The report stated that 91 per cent of the deceased had been hospitalised, and out of them 58 per cent were on ventilators.
As per the Mortality Analysis, during the past 24 hours, out of 43 Covid-19 patients who had succumbed to the deadly virus, 37 had been hospitalised, while six had died at their homes. The report added that 28 of those hospitalised were on ventilator and 29 of the deceased were males. It further stated that 79 per cent of the deceased had comorbidities.
CITIZENS ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS:
The Ministry of National Health Services on Sunday asked the citizens to rigorously follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) in markets, food establishments and restaurants in the country to help curb the spread of the virus.
According to an official of the ministry, these guidelines help in addressing specific health and safety concerns related to the spread of Covid-19.
He said that the pandemic has struck the world due to rapid human-to-human transmission and preventive measures play an important role in limiting the spread of a disease, and can help reduce the transmission rate and rid the healthcare facilities of unnecessary burden.