COVID-19 situation worsens in Pakistan as 67 more succumb to virus

ISLAMABAD: The number of coronavirus deaths reported in Pakistan on November 30 reached its highest in nearly five months, offering more evidence that the pandemic was gaining fresh momentum across the country as cooler weather sets in.

The data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday showed that the virus claimed 67 lives in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 8,091. The country’s fatality rate stands at 2.0% against the global mortality rate of 2.3%.

With 2,458 new infections, the country’s total climbed to 400,484. There are 49,105 active COVID-19 cases in the country, out of which 2,165 are critically ill and 282 are on ventilators. At least 343,286 have recovered from the virus.

The number of new cases began trending higher over six weeks, with health experts and authorities warning that the second wave may hit harder than the first if SOPs are not followed.

Since the pandemic reached Pakistan earlier this year, a total of 5,549,779 PCR tests have been conducted across the country – 40,969 tests in the past 24 hours only.

The historical case positivity rate stands at 7.2% while today’s rate is 6.0%. Azad Jammu and Kashmir has the highest positivity rate at 14.5%, Sindh is second with 10.1%, and Balochistan third with 9.4%. Islamabad reported 4.3%, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 3.8%, Punjab 3.5% and Gilgit Baltistan 2.6%.

In cities, the highest case positivity rate was observed in Mirpur with 20.62%, followed by Peshawar at 19.58 and Hyderabad at 19.03%. Karachi recorded 13.9%, Abbottabad 11.21%, Multan 10.66% and Rawalpindi 9.27%.