Islamabad’s Covid-19 positivity drops below 0.9pc, dengue cases surge in twin cities

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Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital’s performance against Covid-19 further improved as on Sunday the city reported less than 1 percent positivity rate recording 22 infections against 3,598 tests conducted in the last twenty-four hours.

According to District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia, this is quite reassuring as the city is witnessing less than 1 per cent positivity for the first time during the fourth wave of Covid-19.

One life was lost to the virus during the twenty-four hours taking the overall number of deaths to 940.

The total number of cases after 22 infections stands at 106,896. Meanwhile, the recovery rate from Covid-19 is also going up as 27 persons were declared negative after tests.

The difference between the total infections 106,896 and recoveries 105,637 is fast reducing and is a little more than 1,000 which is a good sign, the DHO further said.

On the other hand, the city’s dengue cases are increasing steadily and according to the district health department, 260 new cases were reported in the last twenty-four hours. The tally of cases in the capital reached 3,558 after the new cases.

According to Dr Zia, more cases were being reported from the rural areas and less from the urban localities. In Rawalpindi too, 110 cases of dengue infections surfaced in the past twenty-four hours.

A day earlier, a man died in the capital from dengue fever while 179 more contracted the virus in the twin cities on Saturday.

In Rawalpindi, a day earlier, a total of 69 dengue patients landed in hospitals taking the tally to 2,404.

However no death was reported in the three government-run hospitals during September and October.

On the other hand, closure of roads in the garrison city has largely affected the fumigation drive.

According to the data from the city government, 40 new patients came to Holy Family Hospital, 11 were admitted to Benazir Bhutto Hospital and 18 were under treatment in the District Headquarters Hospital.

As many as 171 patients are under treatment in the three hospitals – 98 in Holy Family Hospital, 21 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital and 52 in the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).

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