Five major cities contribute 70% of coronavirus spread: NCOC

Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi record persistent rise in Covid cases: National positivity ratio shoots up to 7.01

By: News Desk      Published: 03:22 PM, 29 Nov, 2020
Five major cities contribute 70% of coronavirus spread: NCOC

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Sunday was informed that five major cities were contributing 70 percent of the pandemic spread across the country due to rising positivity ratio and the number of per-day coronavirus cases.

The NCOC meeting took stock of the critical data related to the positivity ratio, occupancy of oxygenated beds and ventilators across the country including enforcement of smart lockdowns. 

The Forum was briefed that around 46 deaths on average were recorded for this week where 237 hospital admissions on average were noted during the outgoing week. 

It was noted that Rawalpindi, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi were among the cities contributing maximum to the overall disease spread. 

The Forum was also briefed that Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Rawalpindi were among the top cities with a persistent rising positivity ratio

The Forum also took stock of health facilities and equipment availability for Covid across the country. It was informed that all required medical equipment was available as per the need and proper supply to the provinces was being managed. 

The Forum directed all stakeholders for stringent enforcement of measures to control the disease spread.

The NCOC apprised that National Covid Positivity Ratio has reached 7.01 with 2,186 patients in critical situation across the country and the observance of critical patients rising at a higher pace.

The highest positivity ratio was observed in Mirpur as 24.85 percent followed by Hyderabad 22.181 percent and Karachi 18.96 percent where 2,186 Covid patients were in critical condition across Pakistan with the number of critical patients rising at a higher pace.

The positivity ratio in various federating units was: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 16.58 percent, Balochistan 9.12 percent, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) 5.56 percent, Islamabad 5.30 percent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.3 percent, Punjab 3.45 percent and Sindh 15.31 percent.

However, the province-wise Covid Positivity Ratio was in Punjab, the major city Lahore had 4.00 percent followed by Rawalpindi 6.80 percent and Multan 2.55 percent.

In Sindh, Karachi had 18.96 percent, Hyderabad 22.18 percent with the highest ratio, in KP, Peshawar had 11.12 percent, in Balochistan, Quetta had 8.84 percent, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) 5.30 percent, in AJK, Mirpur 24.85 percent, Muzaffarabad 17.95 percent, in GB, Gilgit 6.77 percent.

As many as 273 coronavirus patients were on ventilators across Pakistan including Punjab in Faisalaabad had four patients, Lahore 63, Multan 41 and Rawalpindi 25 patients were on ventilator.

In Sindh, there was no patient on ventilator in Hyderabad and Karachi had 61 patients.

In KP, there was also no patient on ventilator in Abbotabad, Peshawarhad 34 patients on ventilators.

In Balochistan, there was no patient on ventilator in Quetta whereas in ICT around 45 patients were on ventilators, in AJK and GB there were no Covid patients on ventilator.

There were around 2,186 critical patients of Coronavirus across the country where in Punjab 620 Coronavirus patients were critical, in Sindh 681 patients, in KP 488, Balochistan16, ICT 315, AJK 50 and GBhad 16 Covid patients in critical condition.

As many as 2,964 oxygenated beds were occupied by Covid patients whereas in Punjab, Faisalabad had 492 patients on oxygenated beds, Lahore had 433 beds occupied, Rawalpindi 52, Multan36, Abbotabad 84, Peshawar 709.

In Balochistan, Quetta had 811 beds occupied, ICT had 148 whereas in AJK, Mirpurhad 101 beds occupied and 57 beds in Muzaffarabad where in GB, 41 beds were occupied.