KP’s virus recovery rate up to 71pc, infection rate down to 15pc: Official

By: News Desk      Published: 11:03 PM, 16 Jul, 2020
KP’s virus recovery rate up to 71pc, infection rate down to 15pc: Official
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Special Assistant to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information and Local Government Kamran Khan Bangash said on Thursday that recovery rate of coronavirus patients in the province has increased to 71 percent and infection rate has decreased from 25 percent to 15 percent.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, he said coronavirus cases were on the rise over the last two months but now steps taken by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and health department and people’s cooperation have helped curb the spread of virus. He said the provincial government conducted 5,000 tests in areas with a population of one million and provided timely medical facilities to coronavirus patients, adding that the manner in which the entire nation under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan fought the coronavirus pandemic was commendable.

"Doctors, nurses and paramedics are our frontline heroes who are risking their lives to provide medical care to patients," Kamran said. He said Dr Faisal Sultan, focal person to the prime minister for COVID-19, and Interior Minister Ejaz Shah had appreciated the steps taken by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and expressed satisfaction at the situation so far.

He said the helpline 1700 got a positive response from the public. People in large numbers are getting information and help from the helpline regarding COVID-19 and related issues. He said the helpline has received more than 270,000 calls since April. He said the opposition has tried to misguide the public about the provincial government’s performance but people are aware of the positive and sincere steps taken by the government to curb coronavirus. "The pandemic is not over yet and the fight is still going on. Ensuring social distancing during Eid-ul-Azha is imperative so that the government’s efforts are not wasted," he added.

He said the government locked down hotspots as part of a strategy and smart lockdowns yielded good results. He said that smart lockdowns were enforced in 18 areas across the province on Wednesday, adding that so far smart lockdowns have been enforced in 144 affected areas across the province and the number of affected people in these areas is 378,687. He said that 3,614 houses have been isolated in these areas. He said that relief, excise, local government and information departments joined hands with the health department to control the pandemic. Talking about Information and Public Relations Department’s performance, he said it will be modernised and the staff would be trained accordingly.