26 cities marked as COVID-19 hotspots, positivity ratio over 8 pc


ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak are the latest to join the list of dignitaries who contracted Covid-19, whereas the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) identified 26 cities, on Monday, with more than eight per cent positivity ratio.

The gender and age distribution chart showed that people of 20 to 40 years were the ones most affected by Covid-19 whereas the highest rate of mortality was seen among patients of 60 to 70 years.

An advisory to procure vaccines was issued by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.

President Alvi had confirmed his contraction of the virus through a tweet. 

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Governor Sindh Imran Ismail had announced that Defence Minister Pervez Khattak had contracted the virus.

It is also pertinent to mention that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the first lady Bushra Bibi had also received their tests positive over a week ago.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the NCOC said that 26 cities had a positivity rate over 8pc. They are Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Gujrat, Toba Tek Sindh, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Mandi Bahauddin, Okara, Swat, Rahimyar Khan, Peshawar, Dir Lower, Nowshera, Malakand, Swabi, Haripur, Charsadda, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Kotli.

On March 28, the NCOC imposed a ban on all sorts of gatherings and wedding ceremonies in such cities where the infection rate was higher than 8pc. The command centre also suggested a reduction in interprovincial transportation and advised that the provincial governments expedite the process of vaccination.

The NCOC data also showed that in the last 24 hours, 4,525 cases and 41 deaths were reported while 387 ventilators were occupied. The highest number of ventilators were occupied in Multan and there the positivity percentage was 67pc.  The capital reported a positivity ratio of 62%. 

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