Recovery rate climbs as coronavirus kills only 10 in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 10:45 AM, 13 Aug, 2020
Recovery rate climbs as coronavirus kills only 10 in Pakistan

The recovery rate in Pakistan’s fight against coronavirus pandemic is proving to be excellent as over 92 percent patients have defeated the Covid-19 so far.

According to the latest data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday, the deadly virus has killed only 10 people throughout Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Wednesday).

The number of positive cases has surged to 286,674 with the addition of 753 new ones during the last 24 hours. The nationwide tally of fatalities has now jumped to 6,139.

According to the NCOC figures, more than 92 percent of Covid-19 patients have recovered in Pakistan. Out of 286, 674 cases, 264,060 patients have recovered from the disease. With this development, there are now 16,475 active coronavirus cases in the country with 785 patients in critical condition.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. As many as 124,929 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 94,865 in Punjab, 34,947 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15,323 in Islamabad, 12,044 in Balochistan, 2,164 in Azad Kashmir and 2,402 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore, 2,297 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Sindh, 2,179 in Punjab, 1,235 in KP, 138 in Balochistan, 173 in Islamabad, 58 in Gilgit Baltistan and 59 in Azad Kashmir.

The other day, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar while comparing Pakistan's Covid-19 situation to that of the region, said the country's positivity rate and the death toll was much better than its neighbours, at the same time warning that the situation could worsen if people stopped taking precautions.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Asad Umar said: "Look at the regional situation. The positivity rate in Pakistan is around three whereas the positivity rate is 9.4 in Iran and 9.8 in India — almost three times higher. The positivity rate in Bangladesh in 23-24 which is eight times higher than Pakistan's.

"If we compare deaths over the last 10-12 days according to population, Iran has reported 20 times the number of deaths as Pakistan while India has recorded around four to five times the number of fatalities."

The minister said the difference was "quite big and increasing [with time]". But he cautioned that Pakistan could go down the same path as its neighbours if people did not take preventive measures.