NCOC raises alarm over average positivity ratio in COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has raised alarm over the average positivity ratio in COVID-19 cases registering 40 percent higher for the last four days.

The NCOC articulated the alarm over the average positivity ratio registering 40 percent higher over the last four days than what was being recorded earlier.

During a morning session on Friday, the NCOC officials said that the positivity ratio (which measures the percentage of actual coronavirus cases from total tests conducted) has increased. The rising danger of a second wave of the coronavirus is also evident in the increase in hospital admissions and a spike in the number of daily deaths, the officials were informed.

“Forum noted that [it is] the fifth continuous day that positivity ratio is on the increase,” read a statement issued by the NCOC following the meeting. It also pointed out that coronavirus deaths in Pakistan are also on the rise.

“Muzaffarabad, Hyderabad, Karachi, and Gilgit have a higher positivity ratio along with other areas across the country,” observed the NCOC.

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It noted that hospital admissions were also on the rise across the country, particularly in Punjab. The NCOC was also informed that has been a marked increase in the number of critical patients being admitted to hospitals as well.

The country’s current case fatality rate has reached 2.06 percent, compared to the global rate which stands at 2.72 percent. It was also noted that 71 percent of total deaths are of males, out of which 76 percent have been over the age of 50. 

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