Pakistan COVID-19 Reports 6,397 New Cases and 107 Deaths in 24 Hours
Pakistan yesterday saw its deadliest day yet since the emergence of COVID-19 within the country. a complete of 6,397 new cases were tested positive, which is the highest single-day rise in new cases for the second consecutive day.
A total of 107 deaths were also reported across the country in only 24 hours, the highest single-day toll since the infection started spreading within the country on Feb 26th, 2020.
Of new cases, almost half or 3,038 cases were reported from Sindh only. Where 2,471 new cases were registered in Karachi only.
Another 1,919 cases were recorded in Punjab where 1,007 new cases were registered in Lahore only.
Karachi and Lahore alone accounted for nearly 55% of the latest cases within the country yesterday; indicating that spread has been significantly high in these two cities.
Out of 107 deaths reported yesterday, 49 were reported from Punjab while 38 people died of the disease in Sindh. KP reported 13 deaths.
Not to mention, a record 28,344 tests were conducted yesterday; which is 40% above just last week, the positive rate (Number of tests/number of positive cases) remained around 22%. This shows that if we keep increasing the number of tests, positive cases will keep rising.
Just to be noted, a positive test to case ratio should be below 10%, or ideally, be around 2-4% to make certain that a major portion of suspected cases is being tested.
From the looks and therefore the data, it appears that the graph will keep rising in Pakistan. What’s more worrying is that the incontrovertible fact that it gets harder to contain a high contagion when the number of cases is hight. Lock-downs, SOPs, and other preventive measures work better when numbers are low, and it's more likely that the graph could flatten naturally when numbers number of cases are low.
While we are still way behind many nations, (such as the US, Brazil, Russia), the outlook is bleak and if measures aren’t taken, the spread could transcend control.
Drop-in hospitalization occurred as Punjab was earlier treating quarantined patients at government facilities as hospitalized and not quarantined.
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