Pakistan's current Covid-19 positivity ratio at 7.12%, NCOC told

At least 73 succumb to the virus over the last 24 hours

Our Correspondent December 15, 2020

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was informed on Tuesday that the current positivity ratio in the country is around 7.12pc, with the highest recorded in Hyderabad at 22.45pc.

After Hyderabad, Karachi has the second-highest positivity ratio of 19.89pc, followed by Peshwar at 19.04pc.

Earlier this month, the country's nerve centre for Covid-19 response had reported the positivity ratio at around 9.71pc, the highest in months.

The NCOC was further informed that the positivity ratio in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) was recorded at 9.4pc, Balochistan at 14.2pc, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) at 0.5pc, Islamabad at 4.3pc, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) at 7.2pc, and Punjab at 3.8pc. The highest positivity ration among the federating units was recorded in Sindh at 14.9pc.

Among the major urban centres of the country, Lahore's positivity ratio was recorded at 4.16pc, Rawalpindi's at 7.71pc, Multan's at 4.08pc, Abbottabad's at 13.33pc and Quetta's at 5.06pc.

Regarding the number of patients deemed in critical condition, the NCOC was told that the number stands at 2.495 and "rising fast".

The country today recorded 2,459 cases, with at least 73 people succumbing to the virus.

Pakistan passed the grim milestone of more than 8,000 deaths on December 1. Around 2 million people across the country are under lockdown as the nation grapples with the second wave of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and other government officials have repeatedly urged the masses to exercise extreme caution and adhere to Covid-19 SOPs to mitigate the spread of the virus.


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