In Pakistan, number of Covid cases fall by 65pc in two months
June 18, 2021: According to joint data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country has dropped by almost 65% in almost two months and the positivity rate over the past two weeks.
It is currently hovering around 3%. The number of hospitalized patients, which was around 7,000 in April, was 2,746 as of June 17. Meanwhile, 1,119 incidents and 46 deaths were reported in a single day with a rate of 3.01pc.
During the last two waves of this pandemic, 50,000 active cases in the country were affected and then the number of cases began to decline. During the first wave of the epidemic, the number of active cases exceeded 50,000 in June 2020, but later began to decline, eventually falling below 6,000 in September last year. The third wave reached 90,000 cases before the decline began. In October 2020, the number of cases began to rise again, which the NCOC called the second wave of outbreaks. And in December the number exceeded 50,000.
Then again the number of active cases began to decrease and in February 2021 the number reached close to 16,000. Once again, the number of cases began to rise, leading to the announcement of a third wave of infection, and on March 31, for the third time, the number of cases exceeded 50,000. That number continued to rise in April, surpassing the 90,000 figure.
In the last week of April, the NCOC decided to enlist the help of the Pakistan Army to ensure the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The provinces and administrative units enlisted the help of the armed forces to implement the SOPs. As a result of this initiative, the implementation of SOPs has been improved. In addition, the lockdown was announced on May 8, which has led to a reduction in the number of cases.
As of June 17, there were 36,215 active cases nationwide, according to NCOC figures. That was 65 percent less than in April this year, when the number of active cases exceeded 90,000. The data further states that 282 ventilators are in use by 19 patients across the country.
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