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Thursday Jan 27 2022
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COVID-19 updates: Peshawar records highest positivity in country

By
Web Desk
Men wearing masks walk in a crowded place. Photo: Reuters
Men wearing masks walk in a crowded place. Photo: Reuters

  • Peshawar replaces Karachi as most affected city as former's COVID-19 positivity ratio drastically drops below 30%.
  • Reports 726 new infections, which pushed its positivity rate to 35.89%.
  • After Peshawar, Muzaffarabad reports second-highest positivity rate, 28.60%.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's capital city, Peshawar, has replaced Karachi as the most affected city of Pakistan, with its COVID-19 positivity rate exceeding 30% in a single day amid the fifth wave of the contagion.

As of January 26, a total of 726 people were found infected with COVID-19 in Peshawar, which pushed the city's positivity ratio to 35.89%, official data suggested.

Meanwhile, Karachi, which remained a COVID-19 hotspot for almost a month, witnessed a drastic drop in its positivity rate in a single day.

Karachi's positivity rate stood at 26.32% Thursday. A day earlier, it was over 40%, as per the latest stats.

Read more: Active COVID-19 cases exceed 90,000 mark in Pakistan

Moreover, Muzaffarabad recorded the second-highest positivity rate, 28.60%, after Peshawar, despite the detection of only 153 new cases in the city.


COVID-19 situation in cities across Pakistan

District

Covid-19 lab tests in 24 hours

Positive cases in 24 hours

Positivity percentage

Mirpur

524

42

8.02%

Muzaffarabad

535

153

28.60%

Quetta

529

61

11.32%

Diamer

124

7

5.65%

Gilgit

112

24

21.43%

Skardu

60

0

0%

Islamabad

7,665

1,285

16.76%

Abbottabad

430

66

15.35%

Bannu

278

33

11.87%

Mardan

1,051

220

20.93%

Nowshera

596

113

18.96%

Peshawar

2,023

726

35.89%

Swabi

217

34

15.67%

Swat

596

22

3.69%

Bahawalpur

517

29

5.61%

Faisalabad

911

55

6.04%

Gujranwala

1,165

38

3.26%

Gujrat

782

9

1.15%

Jhelum

385

11

2.86%

Lahore

7,626

1,163

15.25%

Multan

1,638

66

4.03%

Rawalpindi

2,034

250

12.29%

Sargodha

504

25

4.96%

Hyderabad

928

208

22.41%

Karachi

7,679

2,021

26.32%

As the fifth wave of the coronavirus surges through the country, due to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, major cities in Pakistan have seen an uptick in positivity ratio, which is the percentage of tests that came back positive for COVID-19 out of the total conducted.

In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised the governments that before removing coronavirus-related restrictions, rates of positivity should remain at 5% or below for at least 14 days. The Pakistan government has also directed curbs in cities that report positivity rates over 10%.

Hence, the Pakistan government has decided to control the COVID-19 situation before allowing the citizens to get back to the normal routine.

The National Command and Opearation Centre (NCOC), last week revised protocols for mosques amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, with the forum only allowing fully vaccinated people to enter places of worship.

The body leading Pakistan's COVID-19 response also announced last Friday that all schools with a high COVID-19 positivity ratio would remain closed for one week across the country.

Meanwhile, as the cases move up, so are rumours of a lockdown. The NCOC keeps updating citizens about such fake notifications and news. 

— With additional reporting by Waqar Bhatti