Covid positivity rate surges over 6% in twin cities

Covid positivity rate surges over 6% in twin cities

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Continuing with the alarming rise, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Thursday saw 393 Covid -19 cases with capital reporting 284 cases and the garrison city 109.
During the last 24 hours, 4,509 tests were conducted in the capital which found virus in 284 people and the positivity was 6.6 per cent whereas on Wednesday 165 cases were reported in the city against 3,616 tests with an 4.56 per cent positivity rate.
With new infections, Islamabad’s overall caseload reached 109,944 while 107,791 patients have so far recovered. The total number of active cases in the Capital is 1,186. As many as 967 people have succumbed to the deadly virus in Islamabad since the emergence of pandemic. “There is a very sharp upward trend in the positivity, Everyone is advised to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)and get vaccinated,” District Health Officer Dr. Muhammad Zaeem Zia said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, on the direction of the Ministry of National Health Services, the district administration of Islamabad had continued surveillance of different areas of the capital to reduce transmission of the infection. They also started taking action on a violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the Coronavirus while visiting marriage halls, markets, and petrol pumps by its inspection teams. The administration had been asked to take action on the violation of SOPs at shops, workshops, and restaurants. The inspection teams had been directed to issue notices to marriage halls besides imposing fines on owners of different shops in case of violation of SOPs. Commenting on the situation, an official of the Ministry of National Health Services said that several local-level administrative decisions were made to control the disease. He advised the citizens to continue to follow the social distancing, use of mask and other precautionary measures to stop increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the city.
Rawalpindi
As many as 109 more were tested positive of deadly coronavirus, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 39,917 in the district, while the positivity rate was recorded at 6.02 per cent during the last 24 hours in the district.
As per the latest data released by the District Health Authority on Thursday, among the new cases, 38 belonging to the Rawalpindi Cantonment area, 25 from Pothohar town, 23 from Rawal town, eight from Kalar Syeda, seven from Kahutta, four from Taxila, three from Gujjar Khan while one patient arrived from Islamabad.
“Presently 22 confirmed patients were admitted to three city facilities, counting nine in the Fauji foundation hospital, eight in Institute of Urology and five in the Benazir Bhutto Hospital,” the report said. It updated that 38,362 patients had been discharged after recovery, 35,307 with Rawalpindi and 3048 from outside districts. Three hundred and thirty-one were quarantined, including 309 at homes and 22 in isolation. The report further updated that 4,732,128 people, including 44,560 health workers, had jabbed themselves against the lethal coronavirus so far.
In addition, the report updated that during the last 24 hours, 1,810 samples were collected, out of which 1,701 were declared negative. During the past 24 hours, the positivity ratio was recorded at 6.02 per cent in the district, which was the highest number of cases reported in a day after September 2021.