Rate of corona positive cases jump to 5.6pc in KP

Staff Reporter

The fourth wave of corona in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is alarming as the rate of positive cases reached 5.6 percent with the highest number of corona cases reached 34% in Abbottabad in the last 24 hours, an official of the health department said here Saturday.

Giving detail, he said, within a week, there was a significant increase in corona cases in 17 districts of the province as a result the number of active cases in the province has also increased to 7,389.

In the last 7 days, he reported that Peshawar and Kurram districts recorded the highest rate of positive cases at 14% while the weekly rate of positive cases in Kohat and Upper Chitral was 11%.

A total of 203 corona patients are being treated in two major hospitals of Peshawar including Lady Reading and Khyber Teaching Hospitals, a spokesman of the hospital Muhammad Asim told media men here on Saturday.

He said that in Lady Reading Hospital, they have 130 corona patients under treatment with a total of 68 ventilators and out of which 38 ventilators have been allocated for coronavirus patients.

He said, there are 28 patients on ventilators, 9 new coronavirus patients admitted and 10 coronavirus patients discharged after recovery.

However, spokesman of the Khyber Teaching Hospital Sajjad Ahmad disclosed that Khyber Teaching Hospital has 116 beds for Corona patients and Corona patients are admitted on 103 beds in Peshawar.

Sajjad Ahmad said that the hospital has 28 ventilators reserved for Corona patients and they have 17 patients in intensive care.

He reported that currently 60 patients are being treated at HDU and 25 corona patients are being treated for Low Oxygen levels while 4 more corona patients have been admitted on Saturday and also confirmed the deaths of 3 corona patients. He said only 13 beds are left vacant in the hospital.

District administration Saturday accelerated crackdown on the violators of corona preventive standard operating procedures (SOPs) at various business centres and sealed 250 shops in Karkhano Market and fined 53 people over not using safety masks in BRT stations and buses.

The officers of the district administration carried out inspection of bazaars in various localities, BRT Stations and Commuters’ bus stations and collectively fined 53 persons over violation of Corona SOPs and not wearing safety masks.

Furthermore, checking was also carried out on G.T. Road, City Circular Road and other localities and 29 shops were sealed and shopkeepers were arrested over violation of Corona SOPs.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar, Khalid Mahmood has said that a crackdown on violators of Corona SOPs is continued on the directives of Commissioner Peshawar Division, Riaz Khan Mehsud.

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