Covid-19 positivity rate drops below 2pc in capital

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Dengue climb to 1,229 after 78 new cases in 24 hours


Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital has turned into a new hotspot of dengue virus after its dengue cases climbed to 1,229 after 78 new cases reported in the last twenty-four hours.

According to District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia, health department teams are actively engaged in destroying the mosquito breeding sites with spray and fumigation, said Dr Zia in a tweet.

The majority of dengue cases are being reported from rural areas, but it did not mean the urban areas were out of danger.

He urged the people to follow SOPs, wear full sleeves, apply mosquito repellents and destroy any water pools in and around residential areas.

Five people have died of the viral disease so far in Islamabad. Giving a breakup, he said, in rural towns of the capital, 817 people contracted the disease while in urban centres, 412 were diagnosed with the virus which is spread by mosquitoes that can only survive in warm temperatures.

Keeping in view the alarming spike in dengue fever cases, the health department in collaboration with the district administrations has begun fumigation and an awareness campaign.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases are steadily declining in Islamabad and according to the DHO, of 2,712 tests conducted in the last twenty-four hours, 40 people returned positive, which shows the city’s Covid-19 positivity stood at 1.47 percent. After one death in the last twenty-four hours, the city’s Covid-19 toll counted at 932 while the tally of cases has jumped to 106,153, the DHO further stated.

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