Coronavirus positivity ratio shoots up to 8.16pc in Pakistan

Govt to review SOPs for mosques

By: News Desk      Published: 05:49 PM, 3 Dec, 2020
Coronavirus positivity ratio shoots up to 8.16pc in Pakistan
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The highest positivity ratio of COVID-19 cases in the current season 8.16 percent was recorded in Pakistan on Thursday as the country continued to reel under the impact of the pandemic.

A meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) considered the COVID-19 situation and implementation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the country.

The meeting attended by concerned federal and provincial officials, was informed that 2,469 patients of the coronavirus were in critical condition. The session was informed that Sindh has 14.1 percent positivity rate, while the ratio of positive cases in Azad Kashmir has been 11.9 percent.

Positive cases of novel coronavirus in Balochistan reached to 12.5 percent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.6 percent, Punjab 4.2 percent, Islamabad 6.6 percent and Gilgit-Baltistan 4.7 percent.

Karachi has emerged as the city with the highest ratio of coronavirus positive cases with a positivity rate of 20.12 percent, it was informed in a briefing of the NCOC.

The NCOC session was informed that the highest test positivity rate in the country was recorded in Karachi 20.12 percent, followed by Hyderabad at 18.43pc, Abbottabad at 14.53pc, Muzaffarabad at 11.48pc, Mirpur at 10.57pc, Peshawar at 9.17pc and Quetta at 09.91pc.

In cities, Lahore has 5.69pc positivity, Rawalpindi 4.95 and Faisalabad 6.8 percent, the NCOC session was informed.

The ratio of positive cases in Islamabad has been 6.61pc and Gilgit 4.76, the session was further briefed.

According to the briefing, Pakistan has overall 301 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

In Lahore 80 patients and Multan 40 corona patents have been on vents, while in Rawalpindi 41 and Islamabad 40 Covid patients admitted to hospitals with ventilators. Karachi has 75 patients on ventilators.

Meanwhile, authorities have decided to review the SOPs for mosques in view of the soaring cases of coronavirus. The President has summoned a video conference of four governors and religious leaders to discuss new SOPs for mosques for protection from COVID-19.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar will attend the video conference from Lahore along with 15 religious clerics.

Minister for Interior Ijaz Ahmed Shah and Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri will also attend the conference.

Moreover, the presence of President Azad Kashmir and Governor Gilgit-Baltistan is also expected in the video session.